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With government funding, solar is ’cheapest electricity in history’, says IEA

With government funding, solar is ’cheapest electricity in history’, says IEA

As per the International Energy Agency, solar currently offers some of the cheapest power ’ever seen’. In a new report, the agency said that for the first time, in most nations, electricity produced by solar photovoltaics is cheaper than the kind from plants fired by coal or natural gas. IEA says that solar can now generate electricity ’at or below’ $20 MWh, considerably less than coal or gas.

Oliver Biscuit
Oliver Biscuit 0 months

Can't recycle solar panels when they're no longer useful and are made with some horribly toxic stuff. Maybe scientists should be working on a solar product than can be recycled first before unleashing it upon the world. We already have nuclear waste to deal with. At least wind turbines can be recycled, even though they're ecologically unsound

Biden is Your Choice?
Biden is Your Choice? 0 months

I wish the Left would just follow the science and support nuclear energy. It's the safest, greenest, least expensive form of energy. Someday maybe they will stop being science deniers.

Freedom Nuggets
Freedom Nuggets 0 months

These people that attempt to shove green energy down your throat for the last 20 year's have done so because the profit margins were so huge. Even today a single heavy duty lithium battery for a solar system can be $1,000 each or more. You need about a dozen of those, charge controllers and 10KW worth of panels for a small home and you better buy all new energy efficient appliances and lights as well as getting used to using half the power you're accustomed to. I love solar... It does work. But until recent years it has not been financially possible for the world. The only thing these tree hugging echopsychos have ever had to do is hurry up and wait. The tech has always been moving in that direction since the invention of the lightbulb. We're all going to be driving electric cars and have solar roofs in a couple more decades and it will happen organically, not because some grumpy Greta stomps her feet and demands it.

Frederic Lück
Frederic Lück 0 months

Then why soes it need subsidises

Talon One
Talon One 0 months

Solar is awesome, the issue is just that you need energy storage so the grid keeps working at night

TexasReb 0 months

The PopMech article says "That’s thanks to risk-reducing financial policies around the world" which translates as publically funded with some kind of public assistance. So no, it's not the cheapest (or most efficient) energy in the world, by far.

Slevin Kelevra
Slevin Kelevra 0 months

I assume they aren't including the amount of land you need to purchase to build these things. Where do you find a couple hundred empty acres to build these things in NYC, LA or Chicago?

FirstCensorshipThenJail 0 months

Solar is a beautiful idea. It does work in a few cases. But on an industrial scale, it does not. However, on some homes, farms, with some support of some wind and a massive power wall, solar is just the thing for those that can afford it should be deploying. And it is what those who can make the sacrifice should focus their efforts on; Changing their source of electrical power. But it is not for those that have the ability to make the changes to instead be forcing everyone else to make the sacrifice while they don't. Getting away from fossil fuel is a lovely idea a virtuous goal. But let the advocates that are demanding everyone else suffer the consequences of such a poorly thought out plan, face the consequences first. Give up your air travel, automobile, synthetic materials, running water and flush toilets. Give up your running shoes, refrigerators, stoves, and electronic devices. Give up your delivery service to your homes and the grocery store. Give up your coffee, chocolate and wine. Give up modern medicine, public transit and modern roads, construction and farm products. Before you ask the world to make the sacrifices you are demanding, make those sacrifices yourself first. Then leave others alone to decide for themselves. You are free to decide for yourself how you choose to live your life but you may not decide how others live theirs.

Robert_Clearwater 0 months

Just once I would like for the leftists to say that energy is not created, rather ripped from something else. If you build a dam you will devastate the environment both upstream and downstream, too many wind farms will kill birds and siphon wind energy from the air stream, solar panels need lots of square footage of space in the desert and probably some endangered animal's habitat (think of the turtles from the Bundy fiasco). Oil is filthy and it makes pollution and if you want to swear off of it, take off your water proof shoes, no more tomatoes in January because we can't be hauling food around the country, you're getting around on horses and no more Tupperware and you're probably gonna have to start cleaning out your own septic tank or get an outhouse or something... actually maybe it would be a good idea if humanity went back to the late 1700s, who's with me?

Plus 0 months

But Trump said “solar doesn’t have it” and that wind power causes cancer so how do I know who to believe?

Jim 0 months

My uncle had his entire house redone in solar technology, had so many issues 2 years after installing it he had it ripped out and went back to gas and electric

Francisco d'Anconia
Francisco d'Anconia 0 months

California must be importing a hell of a lot for the amount of money they're paying.

S 0 months

If you want to understand fuel efficiency and practicality in all its forms, find yourself a tour of a large scale data warehouse and see and decide for yourself how the different fossil and renewable fuel source dependencies play out in real life.

David M. Bebber
David M. Bebber 0 months

So government subsidies make the cost to the buyer cheaper? Not really. It just obscures the cost as the hidden part is taken out of EVERYONE'S pocket as tax increases.

Mopeyhornet 0 months

Over 40% of the cost of solar panels is from taxes and government oversight. Reduce these fees and taxes and give every American chance to get them

chris 0 months

Solar keeps getting better and cheaper each year. I am thinking of a solar roof in a couple years, whe. My roof needs replaced.

Max Bants
Max Bants 0 months

That's nice, but we need ways to recycle the obsolete panels. In the meantime what's happening with Thorium Nuclear? It's safer and powered by a material so abundant it's considered a nusence in most mining operations.

Seekster 0 months

Solar Power isn't a bad idea as a supplemental power source but its not efficient enough to be a primary power source. Solar panels also need a lot of rare earth materials to make and making enough solar panels to meet the demand of a major country would require a lot of mining. Plus they aren't recyclable. The future is nuclear fission and (the power source that is perpetually in the future) nuclear fusion.

Biden is Your Choice?
Biden is Your Choice? 0 months

There have been over 667 power plants built since 1951. Currently in the world there are 440 operating nuclear power plants. The energy has been being used for over 70 years. In over 17,000 combined hours of energy production in about 33 countries around the world, there have only been 3 major incidents. Only 1 of those have caused any form of radiation damage to any people, and from that incident (Chernobyl) only 43 people have died from effects of radiation. No form of energy production has a better or cleaner track record. Keep telling me how nuclear energy is dangerous.

Muzical 0 months

Government shouldn’t be funding this crud. Let people see the REAL price tag. Also, can we talk about how green the manufacturing process isn’t? No? OK, then...

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