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  •  This is exciting news... (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm not claiming that reducing the cost of solar panels by this amount isn't a major breakthrough.  Clearly, it is, and I hope that Nanosolar's products live up to their claims.  If they do I'll happily order some for my roof.

    I'm just pointing out that the kind of simplistic cost comparisons in the NYT article - and here on DKos - do not reflect the true picture.  Just screaming "fossil fuel conspiracy" as many people seem to do, without even bothering to understand the real cost structures of the various energy options available, is counterproductive.

    •  If I know anything about Germans (0+ / 0-)

      I know the Germans would never buy a solar cell from the U.S.A. unless it was going to work , and work to there advantage . They know how to count the beans a 1000 different ways .  

      "There are several of us trying to put the crazies back in the box." Admiral William Fallon

      by indycam on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 05:46:50 PM PST

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    •  Honest discussion of limitations is needed (0+ / 0-)

      ..how do you overcome them otherwise?

      Another upside of solar is that supply peaks close to the time of peak summer demand on hot days, though demand for electricity peaks a couple of hours after the sunniest part of the day.

      The Republican Party is a criminal enterprise.

      by Bronx59 on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 05:58:51 PM PST

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