Solar and Oregon

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    The manufacturing process that uses basically an ink jet process, and had the potential to exceed the best silicon efficiency, which at present is 24%, by double.

    Solar short takes: Solexant eyes Oregon, Abound bounds forward, Westinghouse goes solar, and more - Photovoltaics International

    Beaver State scores again. Solexant has chosen the greater Portland area to build its first commercial-scale thin-film PV manufacturing plant, according to a news story in the Oregonian. The company joins SolarWorld, Sanyo, Solaicx, and other companies that have chosen to build production facilities in the state.

    Solexant’s process synthesizes and functionalizes nanometer-scale binary semiconductors in solutions or inks and then prints them as films on a flexible, inexpensive metal-foil substrate in a nonvacuum deposition process, according to the CEO. Micron-sized crystals grown from those films become photoactive materials capable of absorbing a cross-spectrum range of light.
     
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    You said Beaver.
     
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    Very nice. And in 75 years they may be able to supply 50% of Oregon's power needs...

    ...during clear daylight hours.

    Of course, that'll take up a few million square acres of land too. But... we must be green!
     
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    What's matter, Fritz, your great good budds don't like the idea of individuals having their own power? The idea that a person can be both a consumer and a producer scare the bejeebers out of you?

    It is happening and will increase by orders of magnitudes over the next decade.

    Germany now produces over 8 Gw of solar.
     
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    You obviously don't remember many other threads where I'm very fine with having personal solar cells on individual consumer houses. What I don't agree with is that pinwheels and mirrors and moonshine are the basis for an industrial scale grid like you seem to believe. If I ever build I fully plan to look at incorporating solar panels for heating air and water as well as electricity. Why? Because I know it works on SMALL SCALE.

    Good for Germany. What's their electrical energy demand again? 200-300 Gws? How do they handle that much of their grid shutting down about an hour or so before sundown and after sunrise? Lots of nuclear and coal and gas plants?

    Solar will always be a situational power source until a dramatic change in technology occurs that can provide uninterrupted power. The best thing is to realize this, quit trying to make it industrial scale and focus on consumer/commercial support usage in which helps cut down load on real power generation found in Coal and Nuclear and Hydro.
     
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    Fritz, it is the 21st century. Solar thermal, and, concerning pv solar, we have our greatest use of electricity during the day.
     
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    You think the gubamint isn't gonna put a meter on yer' solar panels? Guess again.

    And if your Solar Power turns out to be more efficient and you actually use less, that means the gubamint will lose money in taxes.

    So you know what they will do?



























    Wait for it.

























































    Raise taxes on your solar equipment to make up for the losses.
     
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    Still doesn't work in the dark, unless you want to start using orbital power.
    Now THERE'S a danger to life limb and lilac.
     
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    If solar power collection materials can be made more cheaply, efficiently, and are able to retain more energy from the sun- I'm all for it. The process sounds fascinating.

    But....



    ...you still said Beaver.

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    If any power source does it cheaper better faster stronger the world will beat a path to it's door. The problem is ALL green energies don't do that. They only do it 'cleaner' and then worst in pretty much all other aspects, and sometimes with added flaws too. Hence why the resilience to go totally green.

    Cue self righteous moralizing in 3...2...1....
     
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    Ah, Fritzy, your ignorance is once again so evident.

    List of solar thermal power stations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This is a list of solar thermal power stations. These include the 354 megawatt (MW) Solar Energy Generating Systems power plant in the USA, Nevada Solar One (USA, 64 MW), Andasol solar power station (Spain, 100 MW), PS20 solar power tower (Spain, 20 MW), and the PS10 solar power tower (Spain, 11 MW).

    The solar thermal power industry is growing rapidly with 1.2 GW under construction as of April 2009 and another 13.9 GW announced globally through 2014. Spain is the epicenter of solar thermal power development with 22 projects for 1,037 MW under construction, all of which are projected to come online by the end of 2010.[1] In the United States, 5,600 MW of solar thermal power projects have been announced.[2] In developing countries, three World Bank projects for integrated solar thermal/combined-cycle gas-turbine power plants in Egypt, Mexico, and Morocco have been approved.[3]
     
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    Really? Surely does not seem to be the case now.

    Renewable Resources Residential Energy Tax Credits for Solar

    Even the utilities are helping

    Oregon solar power and solar energy rebates, tax credits, and incentives. Cost breakdown for photovoltaic panels and solar water heaters

    Any other silliness to contribute?
     
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    Wish in one hand... shit in the other.... which is gonna fill first again? I am fairly certain that the Spanish, once bankrupt, will be dropping this expensive green folderol for more practical uses of money and jobs.
     
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    What's the percentage of subsidies received by Solar Power again? 30% 50%... more? Till it's profitable without subsidies... it's not viable as a technology on mass scale. This is painfully obvious to anyone not pushing a fucking agenda.
     
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    Now Fritzy, no reason to wax more stupid than ussual. What are the subsidies for Petroleum? How about those for coal producers? Once the very efficient and low cost solar manufacturing plants are up and running, then the subsidies will cease. And they are just around the corner, being built as we post.
     
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    OPB News The Switch: Is Solar Power Only A Rich Man's Renewable Source?
    You have to admit that's too much money up front to save a measly 25 bucks. Some friends of ours who live in sunny Southern California bought a complete solar system from the electric company (So Cal Edison). The nice part is that they have no electric bill (except for the taxes) but they do have to pay the bill for financing the whole installation over 20 years. So the whole thing is just a wash.
    And apparently there is a problem with giving tax breaks to businesses in Oregon as well:

    The Problem With Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit | Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    Wow, all that tax money wasted, but hey, your energy bill may fall 25 bucks a month.
    Sounds like yer typical Green Jobs scam. Business benefits while the taxpayer gets screwed.

    But you would just consider that "silliness" right?


     
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    And how much of the subsidies is made back in taxes and rent costs from the federal government? All of it? More?

    You try to play this game, but you just can't be anything but a partisan hack who won't be honest.

    "Around the corner"? ROFL... you're right... in 75+ years, for residential and low energy commercial only. Not industrial.
     

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