More Solar Power in TX Could Save Consumers Over $520 Million

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    More Solar Power in TX Could Save Consumers Over $520 Million, New Study Finds - CleanTechnica

    As reported previously, Germany had about 21.6 times more solar power installed per capita at the end of 2011 than the US (301.47 MW per million people versus 13.973 MW per million people). In absolute numbers, Germany had about 5.63 times more solar power installed (24,678 MW versus 4,383 MW). These differences also translate [...]
    More Solar Power in TX Could Save Consumers Over $520 Million, New Study Finds
    JUNE 19, 2012 BY ZACHARY SHAHAN 8 COMMENTS

    A new report released today analyzed how much electricity prices for Texas consumers would have been reduced in the summer of 2011 by adding solar capacity to the Texas electricity market. In total, it found potential savings of over $520 million for state electricity consumers. Additionally, the study found that additional solar capacity would help [...]
    5 Solar Myths Busted (Infographic)
    JUNE 19, 2012 BY ZACHARY SHAHAN 5 COMMENTS

    One of the good folks at PV Magazine recently dropped me a note about a cool new solar infographic the team there created. While I generally love to share a decent solar infographic, this one created by folks focused on the industry every day is better than most, as it bust 5 common myths [...]
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    Texas is very lucky in that it is a very energy rich state, both in fossil fuels and alternative energy. More wind power than any other state, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them push for the lead in solar. Now if they just could trade the mid-Western states power for water, they would be in fat city.
     
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    Optimism is sometimes a good thing. Realism is always better..

    Solar Subsidy Sinkhole: Re-Evaluating Germany's Blind Faith in the Sun - SPIEGEL ONLINE

    That's over $130BILL -- JUST IN SUBSIDIES.. Not counting the panel costs, installation, maintenance, grid connections, ect.. For less than 3% of the nation's power? And gone out to lunch for days, even weeks in the wintertime? Nothing for 10 hours a day? With that kind of availability, Texas better figure out what REAL power stations it's gonna need and consider solar as peak load reduction.. It works welll that way..

    The germans aren't mincing words right now. The debate is on to slash subsidies. And the realization has hit that politicians are really pandering to German solar PV companies -- NOT the health of the globe -- in handing out the candy..

    Stick a fork in it as "an alternative"....
     
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    Texas is not Germany. Bigger and bit further south if you take the time to look at the map. Has a few more sunny days per annum, also.
     
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    I'll tell you what doesn't have many more sunny days.. The list of "alternatives" that never were alternatives.

    With some wise decision making -- Texas and other places where it's applicable will leave it the hell alone and let the market integrate solar to it's maximum viable capacity.. Don't need to make the mistakes that Germany made pushing it beyond any reasonable sense of engineering proportion...
     
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    China might build solar plant in Texas - Houston Chronicle


    SAN ANTONIO &#8212; San Antonio is on the short list to become home to a solar manufacturing plant that would be built by a Chinese company, Bexas County Judge Nelson Wolff said last week.

    Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. is the company that is searching for a plant site and has narrowed its choices to five cities, including San Antonio, officials said.

    Yingli could invest $20 million in the plant, which would bring 315 jobs to the city, a source close to the negotiations said.

    &#8220;We are working that deal, and we're excited about it,&#8221; Wolff said. &#8220;It's a company with new technology, and we think it would be a major breakthrough in a new green industry.&#8221;
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    "New study ....finds"? What do you expect a tax exempt green propaganda source to come up with other than promoting gigantic fields of glass that produce laughable amounts of energy? What about the environmental impact? It takes a football field of solar crap to keep a home supplied with energy. Junk in = junk out. You can find any study you want to support a crackpot theory.
     
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    More bullshit from Whitey. Any house that has a south facing roof can put enough panels on the roof to generate all the electricity that the house needs.
     
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    It's easy to find. TLC answers the question "how many solar cells do I need" and the answer is laughable. It would take 285 square feet to power your refrigerator, lights and computer. You are on your own for heat and luxuries like a freezer.
     
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    Solar energy usage will grow as th costs go down.

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    Cheap and Efficient Solar Cell Made Possible by Linked Nanoparticles
    ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2011) &#8212; Researchers of the Chemical Engineering department and the Kavli institute of the TU DElft have demonstrated that electrons can move freely in layers of linked semiconductor nanoparticles under the influence of light. This new knowledge will be very useful for the development of cheap and efficient quantum dot solar cells.

    The current crystalline silicon solar panels are expensive to produce. Cheaper solar cells are available, but these are inefficient. For example, an organic solar cell has a maximum efficiency of 8%. One way of increasing the efficiency of cheap solar cells is the use of semiconductor nanoparticles, quantum dots. In theory, the efficiency of these cells can be increased to 44%. This is in part due to the avalanche effect, demonstrated by researchers from TU Delft and the FOM Foundation in 2008. In the current solar cells, an absorbed light particle can only excite one electron (creating an electron-hole pair), while in a quantum dot solar cell a light particle can excite several electrons. The more electrons that are excited, the greater the efficiency of the solar cell.

    Cheap and efficient solar cell made possible by linked nanoparticles
     
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