19 Dec '11, 9pm

Bigger Subsidies Make Bigger Solar a Bad Bet: Filed under: Energy News

Bigger Subsidies Make Bigger Solar a Bad Bet: Filed under: Energy News

This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project . Americans seem unable to resist big things, and solar power plants are no exception. There may be no reasoning with an affinity for all things “super sized,” but the economics of large scale solar projects (and the unwelcome public scrutiny) should bury the notion that bigger is better for solar. In fact, smaller scale solar and the right solar policy could get more solar for the dollar and more public support for renewable energy. There are three problems with large-scale solar (100 megawatts and up). First, no solar power plant of this size has ever been constructed without a government loan guarantee. The 250-megawatt California Solar Ranch is an example, and the project was recently targeted in a New York Times expose on subsidies for ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/12/19/bigger-subsidies-make...

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