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  • Utility-Scale Solar: Still Uneconomical Due to Subsidies and Hidden Costs

  • September 21, 2017

  • For decades, government and private interests have announced major breakthroughs with utility-scale (central station) solar. (Part II of this post will document these perennial exaggerations.) Such pronouncements belie the fact that solar has always been the most expensive and heavily taxpayer-subsidized source of grid electricity. The latest hyperbole has come from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Last week, EERE declared: “Largely due to rapid cost declines in solar photovoltaic (PV) hardware, ...
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For decades, government and private interests have announced major breakthroughs with utility-scale (central station) solar. (Part II of this post will document these perennial exaggerations.) Such pronouncements belie the fact that solar has always been the most expensive and heavily taxpayer-subsidized source of grid electricity. The latest hyperbole has come from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Last week, EERE declared: “Largely due to rapid cost declines in solar photovoltaic (PV) hardware, ... Read More
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