Heats not a big issue on my Solon PV panels , maybe 2-3 % and I'm in Arizona. It's sure beats a Nuclear plant that has to go to low power when heat is high like France had happen this summer and last.
No pollution, no water use and good for 50 years, I love it.
Russ, Double check and you'll see you also go to sleep at night while my solar panels sleep.
Nuclear does use up water check Dr Michael Pasqualettis book on water use by power source that has been prea reviewed.
Check where your uranium comes from, 104 plants and they import 95% from Candada and Russia.
Check where your waste goes, nuclear stored on site at 60 tone in Palo Verde, for 2 thousand years? with no leaks ?
Nuclear is the highest subsidies on any power, dumps extra at night since it can't ramp down, make deadly waste and uses water up!
PV is zero watse, zero water, ramps up and down like humans do and can be stored in batteries or used to reduce peak energy and shuts down off peak, the perfect power.
Russ, Get all the facts. Nuclear is the most expensive power in the world. It uses water and creates dealy waste with no solution in site. The US imports 95% of the uranium used in the 104 nuclear plants from Canada and Russia.
Nuclear reactors have to be shut down to refule every 18 months. It takes 1 to 6 weeks it refuel.
Yes we use some power from 4-10 pm but hardly any Off Peak overnight and the plants that can't be ramped down so they don't over produce and waste tons of energy are COAL and Nuclear. Centralized power also loses 5-10% over the GRID. Solar is right where to use it and runs highest right when you need it. Produces zero pollution and uses zero water.
Seattle has some of the best and most hydro in the USA. Each are has a good source of Renewable Energy. Hydro is also 24/7 to cover the small amount needed Off Peak.
In a few places like Hawaii they have solar, wind, hydro, waves, current and even geo-Thermal yet they used to use 90% of their electric from imported OIL. Now they are finally starting to make use of the energy they have had right under their nose.
I don't see it like Mr Davis states. GM can't make the price of solar panels jump since there are over 400 manuafacturers of many types of solar panels all over the world.
Their VOLT is not cheap or low cost but neither was the Tesla or even the first PC's or cell phones. New technology always starts with the higher cost people and then moves down until everyone has it.
I think GM is just seeing and investing in good investments that are also clean and Green. Lucky a lot of large companies are doing the same like Google and Intel and GE. to name just a few.
Go USA, we started it all with Solar panels from Bell Labs in 1954 and they keep getting better and lower in cost while Fossil Fuels go up and up and up.
The lowest cost panels in the entire world are made by First Solar with HQ in Tempe AZ. They are turning up a panel manufacturing plant at the old GM proving grouds in Mesa where GM crushed the 999 EV1's they had leased.
SunTeck has a new factory in Goodyear AZ.
If we have incentives with Feed In Tarrif for solar that are higher for panels and inverters made in Stae or at least in Country every solar maker in the world will make their products here. Just check the Washington Steae solar incentive for locally made products.
The USA first made panels at Bell Labs in 1954 and the US had been making some panels ever since. Let's keep being the best and make the best rules to livce and work by.
don't forget an EV makes a perfect way to store and dispatch power from Solar and Wind. With v2g it's a perfect world.
It's not all about low cost. All PV panels are made very well and have 25 year warranties. I bought solon panels made in Tucson AZ since I live in Chandler AZ and the panels have the best warranty output for 25 years ,local made and work great.
The First Solar panels have cadmium in them and have to be recycles at end of life. They are thin film technology which doesn't always hold up the best over time. They are ok but I think others are even better at a slightly higher cost.
we need to phase out these subsidies slowly so we don't crash the economy. Many have been in place for over 40 years. As soon as we start it will help a lot.
We also need to start taxing pollution with Cap and Trade or other means. As we get to the true cost we will see clearly how low cost Renewable Energy is but we still can't waste it so being more efficient helps everything.
I use only LED lights, I made my home much more efficient by using Passive Solar, like solar screens, radiant barrier, inflector window covers on the inside, solar tube lights and high efficiency appliances.
Our 4Kw GRID tied solar system, runs our home, LEAF 100% electric and I still get credits back from the utility all year long. It was affordable and is paying off each sunny day.
bicycles are the most efficient and cost effective transportation. PLUS it helps your heath. An electric assist is very helpful if you go a little too far or are going against the wind. Some even have regen braking so you can add power back.