Category Archives: solar power

Renewable Energy in Decline

By Steve Goreham Originally published in Communities Digital News. The global energy outlook has changed radically in just six years. President Obama was elected in 2008 by voters who believed we were running out of oil and gas, that climate … Continue reading

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Do the Math: Solar Panels and Hockey Sticks

Guest essay by Chris Yakymyshyn Vermonter Bill McKibben was recently quoted in Salon Magazine: “The roof of my house is covered in solar panels. When I’m home, I’m a pretty green fellow. But I know that that’s not actually going … Continue reading

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Claim: Let’s put batteries on wind and solar farms

From Stanford University Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid Renewable energy holds the promise of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But there are times when solar and wind farms generate more electricity … Continue reading

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Lomborg: Renewables are stuck, although green hopes keep rising

Guest essay by Bjørn Lomborg Globally, renewables have been *declining* for the last two centuries, and have remained stuck at about 13% for the past 40 years. People expect them to rise dramatically to 30% by 2035 — the honest … Continue reading

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DOE Green Energy Loans: $11.45 million per job and a rounding error’s worth of averted carbon emissions.

Guest Post by David Middleton The cost of each taxpayer-financed green energy job created since 2009: $26.32 billion divided by 2,298 jobs = $11.45 million per job… Green energy jobs and DOE loans are tallied under programs 1703 and 1705 … Continue reading

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Solar panels as inexpensive as paint?

This would be nice, except this idea keeps surfacing every couple of years, and I’ve yet to see one actually become viable. – Anthony “Organic photovoltaics can be fabricated over large areas on rigid or flexible substrates potentially becoming as … Continue reading

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An update on my solar power project – results show why I got solar power for my home (hint: climate change is not a reason)

UPDATE: I’ve answered questions from commenters below in the FAQs, and added additional diagrams – Anthony Much to the chagrin of people who are sure I’m evil, in the pocket of big oil, and highly carbon positive, I’m actually an … Continue reading

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The carbon footprint of alternate energy technology

From Stanford University Stanford scientists calculate the carbon footprint of grid-scale battery technologies Americans take electrical power for granted whenever they flip on a light switch. But the growing use of solar and wind power in the United States makes … Continue reading

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Predicting Power Madness at Decadal Scales

In light of the recent announcement by Ofgem chief executive Alistair Buchanan that the chances of avoiding power cuts looks very slim in the UK, Dr. John Brignell, proprietor of the Number Watch Blog, writes in with this note about … Continue reading

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Life After Energy: What if fossil fuels disappeared tomorrow?

There is an anti-human TV program on the History Channel called Life After People, which portrays the aftermath of the imaginary scenario where all people on Earth suddenly vanished in a rapture-like event tomorrow. I’ve often seen it flipping channels, … Continue reading

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How Green Was My Bankruptcy? U. S. Army Edition.

Guest Post by David Middleton Great News! Siemens will generate an 18% return on a project that will have a negative return on investment (-9%)… All at the taxpayers’ expense! At first glance, this looked too good to be true…

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NYT, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and David Crane have no clue about how grid tied solar power actually works with the grid

Hurricane Sandy seems to have brought out the latent stupidity in just about everyone in their zeal to get in on the climate alarm resurgence. I laughed out loud when I read this op-ed in the NYT by DAVID CRANE … Continue reading

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A LOL ! press release on renewable energy from wishful thinkers at the University of Delaware

From the University of Delaware a press release that made me laugh out loud when I read it for the sheer disconnect with reality. The bold in first sentence about the 99.9% is mine. See why I think their press … Continue reading

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Mind exploding: an all carbon solar cell

From Stanford University , the first carbon sequestration project that makes energy. I wonder, will Al Gore say the electricity produced by a carbon solar cell is “dirty energy”? Somewhere, off in the distance, I hear Joe Romm’s head exploding. … Continue reading

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In other news…”Ten Reasons Why Fracking is (not) Doomed”

Guest Post by David Middleton I ran across a really funny story on Real Clear Energy last Friday… Once you get past all of the nonsense about fracking polluting groundwater and global warming hysteria, the article really gets “interesting.”

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How Green Was My Bankruptcy? “Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands” Edition

The agency has already approved 17 large-scale solar energy projects on public lands that are expected to produce nearly 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1.8 million homes. The department estimated the resource potential of the newly identified … Continue reading

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How Green Was My Bankruptcy?

Guest Post by David Middleton My apologies to the memories of the late Richard Llewellyn and late John Ford; but I just had to borrow their title for this post. This paragraph from a 2010 Telegraph article really says it … Continue reading

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The Moon and Sick-plans

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach News hot off the presses, the madness spreads … UN calls for doubling renewable energy by 2030 (AFP) – 1 day ago WASHINGTON — UN chief Ban Ki-moon made a call to double global consumption … Continue reading

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