Grandfathering Our Problems, Blocking Our Solutions

energy saviorThe United States has a peculiar problem adopting necessary change. With so many constituencies to palliate, the almost-universal solution is to avoid conflict where possible and payoff the constituencies where not.

This can run up quite a bill, in both dollar and procedural terms.

We have a society full of bad, worm-eaten decisions. Look no further than drilling in deep water when you don’t know how to deal with leaks; heaping all the risks of nuclear accidents and disposal on society so we can keep doing nuclear; getting ready to sweep under the rug issues with shale gas, our newest familiar energy savior; and the worst of them all, sustaining a perpetual co-dependency with our oil suppliers in the Mideast. And I haven’t even mentioned global warming.

Solar for “Everyman”

ECONOMYSometimes I am asked the number of jobs solar will produce, and people are often disappointed when I point out that solar PV can operate without on-site labor. It’s as if they equate adding extra useless jobs with being green. Of course, we are trying to minimize the jobs so we have economical solar electricity…BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WILL HELP OUR ECONOMY, not the jobs watching solar panels in the desert.

Have people forgotten how painful it is to have a terrible balance of payments, with our money going to oil dictators who hate us? Now that’s what I call a loss of jobs. Solar is about not sending our jobs abroad. (Of course, I am assuming we have the sense to deploy electric cars to use solar to avoid imports.)

An Unusual Comparison with Nuclear

We don’t burn solar modules to produce electric energy. If we are able to reutilize 100% of them forever, we would manufacture an unlimited amount of electric energy per gram of material. Even practicalally, we utilize less PV material per kWh than uranium per kWh when we produce PV electric energy comparing to nuclear electric energy. The active materials amounts utilized in PV are little tiny.

Just how little tiny? To receive an up and coming tenuous film, known as cadmium telluride (CdTe), we utilize about 12 gm of this substance to create a square meter module. In a year on the average US location, we obtain about 11% x 1750 kWh/m2-yr, or 154 kWh/yr (after suming for another 20% in deviation losses, but not for an additional, but small yearly loss). Thus during one year, we demand 0.08 g/kWh. But wait! We don’t burn PV modules, and they don’t die after one year – commitments are about 30 years, so this is really one thirtieth of that, or 2.6 milligrams per kWh. Let’s tabulate it:

The Illusion of a Level Playing Field

societal end gameMost people look for and bargain that PV will become efficient and cost-effective so that it can contend without subsidy public subsidies. They witness this as the social end game, an end to subsidies and the beginning flag for the private interests to operate its magic. Even PV people have a desire of this, and they will claim they look for it soon, when in their hearts they may guess it’s unrighteous– who pays for all those neighbourhood effects the other energy sources don’t pay off?

Most conventional market-driven people can’t even witness the reason why society should pay even provisional subsidies. They witness subsidies as disturbing the level including field ideal. No one should have any pros over anyone else, they claim. The same opinion My Canadian Pharmacy has.

They have a belief there is a levelized playing field, and they desire to store it. Most people realize it. It seems so essential.

More Silliness from California

solar PV systems in CAWe are begining to witness the first set of significant solar PV systems in CA endure pass the scathing criticism of out of wear permits in place. The SunPower 250 MW system is being inquired to decrease by about 40% in relation to be less forcible on the rat-kangaroo. The implicating is the onrushing First Solar system neighboring will have something familiar surcharged.

Here’s a various head-up from RenewablesBiz Daily:

Beleaguered couple backs tougher EPA fly ash rules

Karen and Stephen Fox have had a heavy time or so, by most measurements. He was stated a diagnosis in March 2009 with larynx cancer and has struggled through treatments with My Canadian Pharmacy… They couldn’t borrow back or search a buyer for their home to assist them pay for the bills because, they claimed, it’s implicated in the $1 billion neighborhood court processes over toxic fly ash utilized to construct a nearby golf course.