This Isn’t A Bad Idea From Tesla – How To Slash The Costs Of Solar Installations

Whether this is actually going to work or not is another thing but this is still a good idea – a decent attempt say – from Tesla. There’s only so much of the cost of a solar power installation which is the power system itself. As with the equipment, only so much of which is the panels and a goodly chunk is the inverter etc, so with the total package. The equipment is some part of the cost, installing it all is another part of that total system cost.…

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It’s Capitalism That Made Solar Panels Cheap. Capitalism And Markets, Not Public Policy

The lads over at Vox.com are quite obviously going to squeal in pigletty pleasure at the idea that smart public policy has led to some desirable goal – here a paper which claims that just that, wonks directing the economy meant that solar PV has become cheap. There’s a problem with this thesis which is, well, cheap compared to what?

No, not cheap compared to other forms of energy generation or capture, that’s not the point at all.…

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Surprise! People Like Free Things Like Solar Power Subsidies

This is a finding from the very Annals Of The Extraordinary. People like to have free things and in the absence of that they’d like other people to pay for at least part of whatever it is. As we’ll all agree, such an interesting and unusual insight into the human species. This all applies to solar power. We all think it’s just loverlly, we’d kiss ourselves to have it. As long as someone else pays for it.…

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Indian Commerce Dept To Make Indians Poorer – 25% Duty On Solar Cells

The Indian Commerce Department is recommending that all Indians be made poorer. Not quite what we hope our own governments will do to us but common enough all the same. For they’ve decided that a 25% import duty should be imposed upon solar cells and panels. The reason being that those dastardly foreigners are willing to sell cells and panels cheaply. This would make Indians richer, they get more solar cell for their money – thus the Commerce Dept’s actions, for who would want their own citizenry to become richer?…

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