24 Nov '11, 5pm

Solar Backup Myth

Solar Backup Myth

Anonymous Modern gas peaking plants can go from full stop to full speed in 10-15 minutes. Much less than an hour. Hydro generators are essentially instantaneous. Solar input, if it’s from a number of arrays spread across an area, does not suddenly turn on or off. Clouds move across a region in a gradual and predictable pattern. Some really interesting stuff is happening with battery technology. We may see new, very inexpensive battery storage in production in the next year or two. When that happens solar and wind are going to take a lot of natural gas off our grids. Jnffarrell Electric companies charge ratepayers for peak power needed only on the hottest and sunniest days. Moreover they ship high priced power across thousands of miles of electric grid payed for by rate payers. Distributed power at home and at Walmart prevents power failures and rotten food for thousands, n...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/11/24/solar-backup-myth/

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