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  •  Friendly rivalry with Nuclear DKos (5+ / 0-)

    "troll" was probably too harsh, my apologies.  Seems like the Nuclear DKos folk pile on the solar diaries with outdated info about the viability of solar, but that's probably just my own paranoia talking after my own trolling after climate denialist trolls on other sites.

    •  FWIW, I'm really encouraged about the grid scale (3+ / 0-)
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      batteries and a relatively cheap way to store daytime power and use it at night.

      My comment was about getting the H*LL away from coal/shale oil as fast as possible and have something that works while we build up both a solar/battery infrastructure and a better grid.

      I'm not thrilled with nuclear, but I sure as H*LL am most interested in getting away from CO2 emissions as soon as Friggin' possible.

      My favorite kind of "nuclear" plant is 93 million miles away.  FWIW.

      Apology accepted.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 09:45:22 AM PDT

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      •  You Have it Exactly Backwards (0+ / 0-)

        Grid electricity storage is not built to store day-time energy for night use.  Rather it is exactly the opposite.  Night time demand is low and to keep the fossil (coal) plants runnign at night they are hoping that batteries will store the energy for delivery during the day at peak demand.  

        Of course if we ever had so much solar that it exceeded the demand during the day these systems could turn that around, but that isn't going to happen any time soon.

        The Republicans are begging for more rope. Give it to them!!!

        by nuketeacher on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 10:18:31 AM PDT

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        •  Whether it is from generating during offpeak or (3+ / 0-)

          storing during a strong period of wind, these batteries will be useful for either model.

          It's our job to cut the legs out from under the CO2 emmision types and go with renewables, but the batteries will be useful either way and should be built.

          Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
          I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
          —Spike Milligan

          by polecat on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 12:03:28 PM PDT

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