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December 12, 2011

Government Subsidies for Industrial-Scale Solar

Posted In economics & Industrial solar & public lands issues & subsidies | By Janine Blaeloch

Industrial-scale solar power generation is economically feasible only because recent policy has brought massive taxpayer-funded subsidies to the table. Ironically, many of the names behind Big Solar that are taking advantage of this policy are familiar from the realms of of Big Oil (BP and Chevron) and big bailouts (Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley).

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February 05, 2011

Power Is In Our Hands: What you can do to promote distributed generation of solar electricity

Posted In economics & Industrial solar & public lands issues & rooftop solar & subsidies & transmission | By Janine Blaeloch

Pass this information along to your friends and networks, so we can get our message spread far and wide and get renewable energy policy turned toward a real solution to the climate crisis.

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January 11, 2011

Federal Government Betting On The Wrong Solar Horse

Posted In economics & Industrial solar & public lands issues & rooftop solar & subsidies & transmission | By Bill Powers

The United States is wasting billions of dollars of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) cash grants and loan guarantees on very large, high-cost, high-environmental-impact, transmission-dependent desert solar thermal power plants that will be obsolete before they generate a single kilowatt-hour of electricity.

A solar strategy that would have been stateof-the-art in the 1990s, prior to the advent of low-cost solar photovoltaic (PV) power, is now being executed. This is a victory for the broad government, utility, and environmental organization support that solar thermal technology has gained over the last few decades. It is also a victory for the lobbying power of this coalition over economic common sense. Solar thermal has lost the cost-effectiveness race to solar PV. The federal government has not yet absorbed the significance of this important development.

[First published in the National Gas And Electric Journal. Reprinted with permission of the author.]

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