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  •  I think gov. guarantees are fine (4+ / 0-)

    I mean, if the government is going to provide subsidies to the big utility players for things like nuclear power plants and such, or to the fossil fuel industry, then why shouldn't it also provide subsidies here? We could imagine a world of no subsidies anywhere but that would probably change the cost per kWH to rooftop solar's benefit.

    I agree with your points up thread about evaluating different payback periods for different types of projects. I think that what you are describing is the fact that negawatts typically have much bigger payback than megawatts. This is something that is too often overlooked.

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    by shaggies2009 on Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 01:27:48 PM PDT

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    •  They already do. What makes you think (0+ / 0-)

      they don't. It's at least 50% of the cost to put up PV comes from us tax payers. It's all completely subsidized. Not to mention "mandates" to use solar and wind. How much more do think it ought to be???

      Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

      by davidwalters on Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 02:25:16 PM PDT

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      •  I wasn't making the argument that they don't. (3+ / 0-)
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        I was suggesting that folks who wish to analyze solar "without government guarantees" or subsidies need to consider that all our energy sources have the effect of government subsidies built into their market prices. So it is not fair to simply fault solar because it gets subsidies.

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        by shaggies2009 on Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 03:55:03 PM PDT

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