Monday, November 17, 2014

More Green Energy Waste

From the LVRJ: The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn’t producing as much energy as planned.
One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn’t shining as much as expected.
Sprawling across roughly five square miles of federal desert near the California-Nevada border south of Las Vegas, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened in February, with operators saying it would produce enough electricity to power a city of 140,000 homes.
So far, however, the plant is producing about half of its expected annual output for 2014, according to calculations by the California Energy Commission.
It had been projected to produce its full capacity for eight hours a day, on average.
“Factors such as clouds, jet contrails and weather have had a greater impact on the plant than the owners anticipated,” the agency said in a statement.
It could take until 2018 for the plant, backed by $1.6 billion in federal loan guarantees, to hit its annual peak target, said NRG Energy Inc., which operates the plant and co-owns it with Google Inc. and BrightSource Energy.
This is just another reason why solar energy sucks.
It takes 5 square to provide only about 70,000 homes.  This doesn't even count businesses.
It takes up a whole lot of space to power so few buildings.
And if it is cloudy out, then you get nothing.
Just another reason to use nuclear or coal power electric plants- they are more efficient, cost less and they can run 24 hours a day unlike solar or wind mill farms.

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