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Posted by amdx on May 31, 2010, 11:02 am

Yesterday I heard a radio story about the California School district
spending $20 million to put solar energy in/on schools.
I did a Google search and can't find any info.
The numbers I heard didn't seem cost effective,
so I'm curious.
 Anybody know more about it?

Posted by PeterD on May 31, 2010, 11:38 am

I believe they gave $19 million to Al Gore's efforts, and spent the
remaining million on publicity.

Posted by Bill Sloman on May 31, 2010, 2:25 pm

The request was for information about what the California School
District has done, not an invitation for you to exercise your
incompetent imagination.

Admittedly, anyone asking for information about a political solar
energy initiative here should expect to get answers drawn from the
imagination of our resident right-wing nit-wits.

A quick google picked upt these initiatives



which do seem to involve expenditure of the order of $20M.

At the moment solar energy is only cost-effective if you figure in the
uncosted consequences of the CO2 emissions associated with fossil
fueled energy generation. Political initiatives that subsidise solar
energy generation are designed to fill in that gap, and often a bit
more beside, since increasing the market for solar energy
installations helps the economies of scale, which are currently
expected to make solar power competitive with fossil-fuel generation
around 2015, though this rather depends on the way the demand for oil
and natural gas influences fossil-fuel prices over the next few years


The German government subsidised solar gneration in ?Germany a few
years ago - with success - and is now ramping down subsidies
originally designed to encourage the purchase of solar generating
plant produced on a much smaller scale (and rather more expensively)
than it is at the moment.

Bill Sloman, Nijmegen

Posted by Sylvia Else on June 1, 2010, 1:58 am

On 1/06/2010 12:25 AM, Bill Sloman wrote:


I don't believe in these alleged economies of scale. Solar panels
already represent a large industry. The economies of scale, such as they
are, have already been obtained.


Posted by vaughn on June 1, 2010, 11:56 am

Not so, especially not so at the consumer level.  At the consumer level PV
panels remain a nitch product, so lack of retail competition and huge shipping
costs because of a lack of any local distribution channel presents significant


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