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  •  mark - there are many places in China (6+ / 0-)

    where solar brings electricity to areas that now have no access to electric power. In those regions the fact that solar is not a 24/7/365 energy source doesn't matter. In the US the typical new utility scale solar plant has a sister natural gas power facility as a backup to be certain 24/7/365 electricity is always available.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:14:24 PM PST

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    •  Also in India. Families out in the boonies (8+ / 0-)

      running their lights so their kids can study at night; driving pumps for wells; even letting kids with India's ultra-cheap computers have major access to the world.

      One thing I think people continually underestimate is how much energy, Solar and the other Kinetic Energies, will be produced totally locally. And I don't mean a local power plant, I mean roofs of homes and public buildings. Off-the-grid, no "even load" or transmission issues for that kind of production. Storage still is but a lot of smart people with big funding know there's a fortune in fixing that.

      Sooner or later, that's the world's ultimate market and sooner or later, some future-billionaires are going to go there.

      Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

      by Jim P on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:29:23 PM PST

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    •  Unless it's Ivanpah.n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:34:38 PM PST

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