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  •  That's a very misleading article (9+ / 0-)

    Just a few examples, I've no time to debunk it more thoroughly:

    Start with the graph: observe that it estimates the net cost of all PV systems constructed between 2000 and 2011 at 2007 prices - but a very large majority of that was added after 2007 at much lower than 2007 prices. Very dodgy use of statistics there.

    Another misleading bit is focusing on a percentage with "In 2004, Germany held a 69 percent share of the global solar panel business. By 2011, it had declined to 20 percent." when it's clear that as an industry, German PV grew massively from 2004 to 2011.

    The focus on the "8 billion euro subsidies in 2011" is also dodgy, as it ignores a bunch the resulting economic benefits that mean the net cost to government is really much lower than that. For example: that the German PV industry has reached 50% of its production being exports. That the industry has something in the order of 150,000 full time jobs. That federal and local German governments receive around 2 billion euro in annual taxes from the industry. That solar PV generation, being in daytime during peak industry demand, produces an effect lowering daytime industrial electricity prices - which was estimated to total several hundred million euros in 2011.

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