<>< Central production and transmission
<> < may not be the only way to go.
<> I don't know why they do it at all with solar -- ANY kind of solar.
< Fuel cost? No pollution?
No, central production and transmission.
Distribution line losses, wasted energy, old-school electric generating
capacity, off-site energy generation subject to failure.
Big money, lazy boss' projects.
I know what you mean on all that.
But, the idea of more efficient and less polleting energy generation is
quite appealing compared to greenhouse gas emitting industries.
Unfortunatly many so called "environmentalists" disagree with you.
Texas is committed to wind generation as the way of the future. There
are three major problems.
#1 Good winds tend to be in west Texas, major cities are in east
Texas. Though with admitted exceptions.
#2 Areas where the winds are best also tend to be where migratory
birds pass. Obviously whirling generator blades are rough on birds.
#3 Generator towers are hard to hide or make pretty.
Bird kills and the associated lawsuits from environmental groups has
caused major delays and some cancelations of wind farm projects.
Another group apposed to wind farms are the rich with million doller
coastal homes. Because of their wealth these people also have
tremendous influance. The Texas gulf coast has very consistant winds,
especialy several miles offshore. These consistant winds make wind
farms very practicle. Unfortunatly when you have a large group of very
rich people saying their not "pretty" or "not in my view", it can
bring the entire project to a halt. This has happened repeatedly.
What you end up with is environmental groups and the megarich having
common cause to stop wind generation of electricity.
Electicity does not come from a wall recepticle. Electricity is
produced, manufactered in a generating plant, a factory. It requires a
fuel source to produce like anything else. Whether it is a single home
system or a giant grid system, it still requires fuel of some kind.
Solor, wind, water flow, coal, nuclear, diesel fuel, somehow the power
must be made. Each method has it's issues and there is no "free
California learned what happens when you refuse to allow electrical
generation facilities to be built. The "not in my back yard" syndrome.
You want electricity? Your going to have to put up with a generating