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  •  Yes, they are lying. (0+ / 0-)

    Here is an example of pricing from New Mexico. This is utility solar, which will be less expensive than residential:

    According to a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between El Paso Electric Company and First Solar, electricity will be sold from First Solar’s thin-film solar panels to El Paso Electric Company for 5.8 cents per kWh (a good 4-8 cents cheaper than new coal, which is in the 10-14 cents per kWh range).
    I don't know about you, but 5.8 cents per kWh sounds pretty good. (Actually, not as good as what I have on my house, solar panels that I got through Solar City and I have a contract guaranteeing 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour.)

    Additionally: (LCOE stands for Levelized Cost of Energy)

    If you’re inclined to bring up subsidies, it should be noted that a Harvard Medical School study found that coal costs us an additional 9-27 cents per kWh in health costs. In a perfect world (economically), that would be added onto the LCOE of coal mentioned at the top (the 10-14 cents per kWh figure). That would bring the LCOE to 19-41 cents per kWh. Additionally, coal has received subsidies for about a century that dwarf anything solar has received.
    And, we didn't even bring in the discussion or cost of climate change. So, yes the Koch brothers are "pants on fire" lying.


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