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1495 No. 1495 [Edit]
"2016 was the year solar panels finally became cheaper than fossil fuels."
Your thoughts?
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>> No. 1514 [Edit]
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The production of said panels is still way too fuel consuming. You would need gigantic mirror towers to gather enough energy for a solar powered melting pot, capable of solar panel production.

I'm also a bit sad, that smaller silicon crystals turned out to have better energy yield, than the formerly used big ones. They had such a aesthetically interesting pattern.
>> No. 1537 [Edit]
solar power is the future. unlimited power just floating in sky waiting to be used
>> No. 1538 [Edit]
solar panels won't be cheaper than fossil fuels until they can be produced without fossil fuels. have you looked how much they cost to make without government subsidies?
>> No. 1601 [Edit]
That's cool, but unfortunately it's still more profitable for energy companies to burn fuel. I just hope we can sort out nuclear fusion, then there would be no excuse to keep burning coal etc.
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>"2016 was the year solar panels finally became cheaper than fossil fuels."
>Your thoughts?

Load of bullshit, for the most part.

Government subsidies paying 80%+ of the cost isn't a fair stance for cheaper. Solar panels lose their ability to generate energy over time, and after about 5-8 years drop down to about ~40% of what they were originally outputting before they stop working and need to be replaced.

In areas where the old, aging power plants won't be able to keep pace with the project growth and the LGBT city councils refuse to allow any new ones to be built and instead buy electricity from other cities, driving the price to the highest in the country(south california), they are worth while. That includes the gov.t subsidies paying for a large portion of the solar panels to line the house and the power company paying 2/3 of the going rate for power being put back into the grid. It's a very, very niche and specific zone, but I guess the statement isn't entirely false.

Battery banks also go bad after about 6 years (including on cars). A battery that hold enough juice to travel 130 miles (100 with A/C on) will cost about $20k to replace. Might as well throw away the prius and buy an actual car at that point.

And then there's the cost of coal, which surpassed Uranium in 2013 in cost/watt (including acquisition, emission control, and disposal costs). Shame the 60's powerplant that was supposed to be decommissioned 15 years ago in Futenma got Tsunami'd, else the hippies wouldn't be so irrationally against it.
>> No. 1611 [Edit]
Jefferson needs to happen and it needs to happen soon.
>> No. 1613 [Edit]
> Might as well throw away the prius and buy an actual car at that point.

The price is closer to $5,000, which would get you an 'okay' used car from a private seller.

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