The sun is free but deriving electricity from it is not. It cost the taxpayers on the average about 39 billion dollars a year in grants, subsidizing tax credits, guaranteed loans and bailing out failed solar energy boondoggles.
Solar can not stand on its own in the open market. It isn’t profitable to invest in. If the government didn’t support it there would be no solar farms.
Government support for the solar industry is overwhelming with at least 345 different federal initiatives that spread across 20 agencies. Solar devours billions of taxpayer dollars.
The magical myth about solar no matter how much money you throw at it, it will always be unsustainable and expensive. Solar farms are intermittent, inefficient and pointless. On a bright sunny day solar produces a small amount of electricity; at night or on a cloudy day you get nothing. There has to be a back up ready to kick in at a moments notice. All the cost of generation and improvements it takes for solar to deliver electricity are passed on to the existing rate customers, whether they use it or not.
Places where there have been these massive solar farms installed the price of electricity has sky rocketed. When energy increases everything goes up, which lowers the living standard to the ones that are affected the most the poor and the working class.
The development of solar farms is like a cancer. They take an area that is the least expensive with the least amount of regulations and put in place as many as they can.
The more development the more money these FOREIGN energy companies make. Plus the solar panels are made in China. Billions of U.S. dollars are siphoned out of the country in the name of solar.
There is no denying the effects of solar farms include: habitat degradation, electromagnetic radiation, and decrease property values.
Some have the idea that the developers are going to be an employment boom during construction. Does anyone really think that they aren’t bringing in their own people that are trained professionals; the same ones they always use to set up these solar farms in the least amount of time.
The solar panels are so toxic they have to be handled by experts. There might be a handful of locals they use and then after construction there will be a few jobs. Typically 3 or4 full time positions.
There is a waste problem that has to be addressed. In California this has become a nightmare. The flow of old and broken solar panels filling the landfills and now they are paying for Africa to take them. Some of the old panels still have a little life left and they will use them but the majority of them are burnt. Then the children have to sift through the toxic waste mining the minerals like silver and other salvageable pieces.
The bottom line; there is very little good about solar farms and a lot of bad!!
Written By: Delmer Eldred