Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach
My wonderful friend Willie Soon sent me this photo.
Curious about the backstory, I used Google Images to identify the location and found an article describing the carnage. It happened last Friday. The article is stupendous, published in the “Cowboy State Daily”. As an erstwhile cowboy myself, I can only approve of the newspaper’s name.
The installation in the photo is a 5.2 MW solar farm, destroyed in a heartbeat by a hailstorm … “cheap electricity” they said …
The best parts of the article are the comments of the manager:
“Kevin Spencer, Scottsbluff city manager, told Cowboy State Daily the Nebraska Public Power District, which owns the solar farm, is still assessing the damage, but it’s going to need some repairs.”
“Gonna need some repairs”? Ya think? …
But it gets better:
“He said he was previously told the panels were hail-proof, but that might have meant hail up to a certain size.”
Oh, yeah, one more beautiful detail.
“The Federal Emergency Management Agency ranks this area in its the highest category for hail risk on the national index.”
Is there a Darwin Award for suicidal climate projects?