Posted by Phil Ross on May 7, 2009, 8:46 pm
Not sure if you noticed, but a rather small percentage of the world's
population actually live in Northern Europe. I'm sorry that you don't get
enough insolation to make solar worth your while, but it is terrific for
those of us that do. Having spent a few years in Germany and a year in
Iceland, I can understand why folks in northern latitudes would be reluctant
to invest in solar power, although the Germans seem to be into it quite
Posted by Mike on May 8, 2009, 1:23 pm
circa 500 million in the EU as a whole, 731 million in Europe, 11% of
the world population and the 3rd most populous after Asia and Africa
Ignore the Southern European countries and it doesn't fall *that*
Only because of huge government subsidies. The output from them is
truly miserable meaning that despite inflated 'green energy prices'
the return on capita during their declared service life is less than
the purchase price.
Posted by Eeyore on May 10, 2009, 1:11 pm
Phil Ross wrote:
One of the most economically active percentages. Ditto N America whose higher
latitudes suffer the same problem as Does Russia. It adds up to a lot.
Most who live in the best insolated parts of the world can't even remotely
afford PV solar.
Through absurd subsidies ( i.e. stealth taxes ).
Posted by Bob on May 10, 2009, 10:10 pm
You snipped all but "FUD". The issue was your claim that "Not many
inhabited places where people have cars have that much sunshine."
My entire post was:
"FUD. I have a small PV in San Jose that covers my electricity from PG&E
almost exactly. A few more panels and I would cover a car. Most of
California is like this. "not many places"? You, sir, are an ass."
I learned it at UC Berkeley ~1980 - probably within a decade of when you
did. What's an AGWist?
You're lucky to have lots where you ot Kevin
Yes, I am lucky, along with the entire southern half of the USA. You
live in a cold, cloudy climate. Insulation might be more important to
you than solar energy because you get so little insolation. Perhaps you
should travel. You could find someplace more pleasant to live.