Report: Government-backed solar power...

Report: Government-backed solar power costs 161 percent more than coal power

There are 1 comment on the Free Republic story from Feb 16, 2014, titled Report: Government-backed solar power costs 161 percent more than coal power. In it, Free Republic reports that:

The Obama administration heaped praise on the world's largest solar thermal power facility, which began sending energy to customers in California on Thursday.

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La Quinta, CA

#1 Feb 16, 2014
"“Do we really need to have these giant plants first, or is it better to generate solar power on people’s roofs, the place it’s going to be used?” asked Michael Connor, California director of the Western Watershed Project."


I have seen articles that say the project can power anywhere from 100,000 to 140,000 homes on average. Since the project doesn't have any type of heat storage, it cannot be used as a spinning power source. It cannot create energy at night or when it is a cloudy day. So the technology is available to make it a spinning source of power, but since it is claimed to be less cost effective than coal, I doubt heat storage will ever be added. The same with the upcoming Palen project in Reverside county. A more efficient method of powering 140,000 homes would be to put a 3 KW peak solar PV system on 140,000 homes. It is more efficient and the power is generated where it is used.

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