Solar Power Costs 2-3 Times As Much As Wind, Fossil Fuels and Nuclear

Guest “why?” by David Middleton Why? Because California… OCTOBER 9, 2020Solar photovoltaic generators receive higher electricity prices than other technologies In 2019, the average U.S. wholesale price for electricity generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) technology was significantly higher than average wholesale prices for electricity from other technologies. The weighted average wholesale price for solar PV-generated…

Wildfires inhibiting solar power generation in California

Guest “irony can be so ironic” by David Middleton SEPTEMBER 30, 2020Smoke from California wildfires decreases solar generation in CAISO In the first two weeks of September 2020, average solar-powered electricity generation in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which covers 90% of utility-scale solar capacity in California, declined nearly 30% from the July 2020 average as…

How efficient are solar power storage systems?

‘Testbench’ project improves quality of measurement results and facilitates comparison Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) More and more photovoltaic systems are equipped with batteries that store power produced during sunshine for later use. Such solar power storage systems enable operators to use a maximum fraction of the solar power produced for own purposes. The more…

On The New Gemini Solar Power Plant Near Las Vegas

Arvid Pasto, Sparks, NV May 2020 In the May 12th edition of the Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ), there appeared a description of a newly-approved (by the U.S. Government) solar power facility, near Las Vegas, called Gemini. This would place it not very far from the recently-defunct solar power facility known as Crescent Dunes. The new facility…

Wind & Solar ‘Industries’ Crushed By COVID-19

Endless subsidies for renewables losing priority for essential funding By Ronald Stein Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure, Irvine, California The only good news about the COVID-19 social change impacts on our lifestyles is that the travel bans, and lockdowns have cleaned the globe flushing the murk from Venice’s canals and we have seen cleaner air worldwide.…

Texas: Coal Did Not Get Blown Away By Wind

Guest “I told you so” by David Middleton Jan 13, 2020, 10:33amTexas Power Generation: Did Coal Get Blown Away By Wind? University of Houston Energy Fellows Contributor Group We are thought leaders in energy from the University of Houston. Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Chief Energy Officer and Ed Hirs, Lecturer, Department of Economics The precipitous drop in…