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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Solar Industry is Dying: World’s Biggest Green Energy Company Collapses

From Breitbart:
SunEdison, valued at $10 billion in July 2015 is now worth just $400 million today. This represents a catastrophic loss for the investors gulled into this sector in the mistaken belief that “clean” energy is the future and that it’s possible to make lots and lots of money and polish your environmental conscience at the same time.
If you still own shares in solar energy it’s probably a sign that you’ve been in the sun too long: the sector is tanking – and deservedly so – as reality dawns that this is a Potemkin industry, an Enron of a con-trick, whose survival depends not on the energy it generates but on the subsidies it squeezes from the taxpayer. 
Consider Exhibit A: the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the California desert. This $2.2 billion project, heavily backed with federal grants by the Obama administration, is absolutely brilliant at killing birds. According to some estimates it accounts for 28,000 a year (the workers at the plant nickname them “streamers” because they fall from the sky like burning comets), though the company denies this. 
What it’s not so good at is the job it was designed for: generating electricity. 
It has failed to produce sufficient quantities of its exorbitantly expensive power (it charges between $135 and $200 per megawatt hour; the market rate for conventional electricity is $35 per megawatt hour) as required by its contract with PG&E Corp and may have to shut down unless bailed out by the California state authorities. 
Exhibit B is the solar energy firm Abengoa, now on the verge of the biggest corporate collapse in Spanish history, after the Spanish government decided to turn off the subsidy tap essential to its survival. 
This was the company that in 2010 President Obama was boasting about having lured to the US as though it represented some kind of major coup. Announcing government support for clean-energy projects, President Obama hailed a Spanish company, saying its new solar technology would supply tens of thousands of American homes with renewable power, while spurring local employment. 
“It’s good news,” Mr. Obama said in 2010, “that we’ve attracted a company to our shores to build a plant and create jobs right here in America.” Yes, “green jobs” in the “clean-energy” are very easy to create when you’re forcing the taxpayer to subsidise them to the tune of a minimum of $82,000 a year and – in some cases – $2,000,000 a year. 
This is what happened with Obama’s Green Jobs program. Like its ugly twin the wind industry, solar is entirely dependent for its survival on government subsidy. Almost inevitably this tends towards crony capitalism and spectacular misallocation of resources. 
We now have a truly absurd situation whereby not just in California and Nevada but even in overcast, rainy places where the sun almost never shines – Germany, for example; and Maine – people are being bribed by the government to put up solar panels which generate next to no useful energy but which are very good at putting up the price of electricity for everyone else. 
This cannot go on forever. Sooner or later – as has already happened in Spain – taxpayers are going to wake up to the fact that there are better ways of having their money spent for them than on gigantic anti-bird death rays.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps worth mentioning...I was in the Bahamas last week. Noticeably missing - solar panels. One would think that the sun belt would best benefit from solar - but it apparently wasn't visible in Nassau in the Bahamas.

Thursday, March 31, 2016 4:59:00 pm  
Anonymous The Last English Prince said...

This is a FrankenScience invention which requires taxpayer subsidy to enrich corporate oligarchs.

God has pretty well kept the planet, other planets, and galaxies far away in orbit without our help. We could all die tomorrow, and all would remain.

And yes, we have to be punished for refusing to drink the Kool-Aid. Problematic, our children will be paying for the same, years later.

Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:43:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

I am sick of saying it, all the money which have gone and is going into subsidies is CORRUPTION and waste.

Every penny should be in R&D

The consumer will no more PAY excessive costs for more expensive services than they would go to Bloomingdale's for flip flops they can get at Wally, EVEN MADE FROM CONTAMINATED OIL RESIDUES



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