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  •  Couple things ... (7+ / 0-)
    1.  Yes, you're rewording and adding to the study's points.  
    1.  False that solar pv 'can't provide 100% of your requirements'.  One could design a system, for anywhere in the world (including North Pole) that could meet 100% of requirements.  The question is not 'whether' it can meet requirements but whether it can do so at anything like a reasonable price (including many things in 'price', including externalities / satisfaction from own power generation / continuity of power / etc ...).
    •  Cripes (1+ / 0-)
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      ok then. have it your way..

      I could generate 100% of my requirements if I was wealthy and had enough land to dedicate to PV placement.

      Unfortunately, I, like millions of other homeowners am not in that situation.  So, let's cut the rhetorical crap.  It is NOT practical for me and most homeowners.

      So let's spend billions of dollars to encourage homeowners in sunny climes to cut down their shade trees and put up solar collectors that will just about pay back the energy needed for the extra cooling that is now necessary because the shade is gone.

      Central production of electricity makes far more sense.  Put up a damn nuclear power plant that plugs into the existing power grid.  Bingo!  Clean, cheap green electricity for 30-50 years.  And it even works for me here in Chicago where we haven't seen the sun in 5 days.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

      by Skeptical Bastard on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 08:55:57 AM PST

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      •  Well ... (0+ / 0-)
        1. Solar PV is not, especially in today's terms, for everyone. Since the diary highlights that it is efficiency #1/#2/#3 before any solar PV, believe that I'm accomodating this.
        1. Unclear, quite honestly, whether new centralized nuclear power would be less expensive than solar PV (or other renewables).
        1.  Actually, for continuity of power and system security, much better if we have a mix of centralized and distributed power generation.
      •  You sure do live up to your name (1+ / 0-)
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        A Siegel

        From chicago here myself and just started a company to import and install solar heating and power equipment.

        We're not the best by location by far, but we're plenty good.
        First Solar is at it's best for us when it's needed the most January and Feb and the weeks on both sides, and then again from may to Oct.

        Our building stock is all oriented to a North south grid which gives more than half of residential buildings with hip roofs a long southern exposure.

        The others have flat roofs, perfect for pan type systems.

        Large Apartment buildings above the tree lines

        And huge swaths of industrial buildings.

        Unfortunately, I, like millions of other homeowners am not in that situation.  So, let's cut the rhetorical crap.  It is NOT practical for me and most homeowners.

        yes and how many homeowners are there?
        the elimination of the residential cap and its' impact on the Alternative Minimum Tax is where alot of Homeowners will find value, even here in your cloudy Chicago.

        Mr. 101

        A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.- Albert Einstein

        by bldr on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 10:39:21 AM PST

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