On my commute to work there is a solar farm they put up last year. Row after row of aluminium racks with solar panels covering what was once a nice field of grass for cows.
The problem with solar in my opinion is it’s nearly impossible to get back the energy it takes to manufacture and install them.
Today as I was driving in I noticed a helicopter spraying stuff like a a crop duster. And then I realized they weren’t spraying pesticides they were spraying water. Why? To clean the build up of dust off the solar panels. Not only do the panels face cloudy days, rainy days and just cold weather which lowers their efficiency when it does get hot and dry we get tons of dust blocking the sun from hitting the solar cell…LOL!
Yes, using a helicopter to clean the panels. Why? My guess they did not anticipate the dust when they were calculating the efficiency of the panels, and did not put in a automated wash system and they I doubt could not have gotten a govt grant had they had to plumb the entire field with a wash system during a drought.
So, not only do you have the toxic manufacturing process, the strip mining, the massive energy foot print in building them, you have to use large amounts of water to keep the clean. Could you think of a less efficient way clean the panels than a helicopter.
Just think of all the homes that bought solar panels. Do you think the home owner is cleaning the dust off them every few days in the summer?
So basically all the tax subsidy are not only a waste of money, they actually contribute to pollution for little to no reason. If solar was really viable it would not need large govt subsidy…