Alta, UT 1/30-31/2016

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Re: Alta, UT 1/30-31/2016

Postby Marc_C » Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:44 pm

Admin wrote:..., it still wouldn't eliminate America's need for non-renewables.

Who ever said this was a zero-sum game, requiring 100% replacement of one source with another?

Some quick research shows that currently conventional non-renewable power in the US costs between $0.05 - $0.39 per kWh, with the average at $0.12. Worst case solar, with no tax subsidies or rebates, is around $0.22 with most installations coming in at $0.12. The current estimates are that by 2020 solar will drop to an average of $0.09.
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Re: Alta, UT 1/30-31/2016

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:17 pm

MarcC wrote:Are you talking exclusively about photovoltaic cell technology or all forms of solar tech?

My impression from Adam (whose Master's thesis was on solar thermal) is that photovoltaic is cheaper than solar thermal at the moment. And most of the photovoltaic is being produced where it's being used, not needing transmission lines from remote desert areas.

admin wrote:Just like the Mojave, there are few places in the world that receive that kind of dependable solar radiation

The American Southwest is a location where dependable solar radiation is quite close to major population centers.
MarcC wrote:Who ever said this was a zero-sum game, requiring 100% replacement of one source with another?

Which is why the American Southwest seems a reasonable place to develop these technologies. As opposed to Maine (missing Mt. Abrams thread) :lol: .
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Re: Alta, UT 1/30-31/2016

Postby vondess » Thu May 21, 2020 8:41 am

Maybe, maybe not. Which would be fine if were Mars we were studying and not living in the same ecosystem that we are significantly altering, likely irreversibly.
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