Rut-Roh! Solar Creates Heat Islands

by Steve MacDonald October 22, 2016

Unexpectedly. At first blush, the experimental results, published Thursday in Nature Science Reports, seem to contradict computer simulations that said solar photovoltaic arrays, by intercepting some of the sun’s warming rays and converting them into electricity, would have a cooling effect. The UA researchers measured the heat-island effect of a solar array at the UA Tech […]

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First Optical Rectenna – Combined Rectifier and Antenna – Converts Light to DC Current

by Steve MacDonald October 20, 2016

This is cool. Using nanometer-scale components, researchers have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current.

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Vets Die on Wait Lists While VA Blows $400 Million On Green Energy Failures

by Steve MacDonald August 10, 2016
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Because bailing out your Solar Buddies is a bigger priority. The contracts for the 11 projects reviewed by investigators totaled about $95 million, though some have become more expensive because of poor planning and delays. The VA spent more than $408 million on its “green management program” solar panel projects between fiscal years 2010 and 2015, […]

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Not content with turning birds into Icarus, Ivanpah decided to cook itself

by Skip May 21, 2016

How often do you hear about a solar energy plant self-immolating?  Yup, the same Obama boondoggle with our tax money that we’ve been writing about for years (bird burning, environment killing, proving solar energy isn’t free, bankrupt) decided to show us all that it could set itself on fire and kill off 2/3rds of itself: […]

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Can We Please Get the Feds Out of the Solar Venture Capital Business?

by Steve MacDonald April 5, 2016
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Your drunk Uncle Sam, he likes to play the solar ponies, but he couldn’t pick a winner if your life depended on it. But why should he care? It’s not his money. The Economist On March 29th SunEdison, an American firm that calls itself the world’s largest renewable-energy development company, was described in a public […]

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GrokTALK! – Green Energy is Not That Green

by Steve MacDonald December 22, 2015
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Green energy is not that green. In this segment we touch on the toxic mess behind renewable energy, the regulatory state, rent-seeking, crony capitalism, tradeoffs, wasted dollars, and the desire of planners to meddle regardless. Full podcast here. GrokTALK! is a Mobile-Ready Broadcast.  Click the icon to listen on iTunes, TuneIn, iHearRadio, Sticther Radio, or Spreaker.

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Is ‘Free Solar’ A Trap?

by Steve MacDonald August 24, 2015

Every week there is another offer in the mail box for a free solar installation. Power your own home. Pay zero to the power companies. Sell power back. It’s a Win-win-win (win-win…win). Or is it? Columnist Sam Asano, writing in the Manchester Union Leader, pointed his flashlight at the offers and discovered something nasty. The first and […]

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Yet another example of Government thinking it can better the marketplace

by Skip August 19, 2015

The American marketplace is the amalgam of hundreds of millions of people making multiple decisions on the products they want and at the price they wish to pay.  Inferior and overvalued products and services languish on the shelves – people need to have the sense of obtaining more value for their money than the value […]

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Solar Sucks

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2015
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From The Taxpayer Protection Alliance (TPA), a study out on solar subsidies: “Filling the Solar Sinkhole: Billions of Bucks Have Delivered Too Little Bang.” In spite of government’s best efforts to encourage innovation by solar energy companies and encourage Americans to rely more heavily on solar electricity, solar power continues to be a losing proposition. […]

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Of course Julia Griffin loves this program – who wouldn’t when other people are paying for it??

by Skip February 9, 2015

NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“ And yes, when Government legislates that YOU will give to SOMEONE ELSE your money, of course they’ll be happy!  But is it FAIR that a few benefit from the many?   Instead of paying for something themselves?  Why should Government be creating […]

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Democrats “Respecting An Establishment of Religion” Sun God Edition

by Steve MacDonald November 10, 2014
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One of the richest companies on the planet (Google) along with well heeled left-wing opportunists posing as an energy concern, wanted to build a bad idea but couldn’t get anyone else to help pay for it.  So they ask Democrats in the department of energy for money–post Solyndra etc., Democrats in California–always willing to make […]

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Renewable Energy Protesters Suffer Erectile Dysfuncion

by Steve MacDonald October 14, 2014
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Environmental protesters showed up outside the office of a Wisconsin power company (Madison Gas & Electric- MG&E) to protest the offense of energy made possible by cheap and abundant resources.  They were demanding that the power company mix in more wind and solar because keeping rates that low would disincentivize customers from considering more expensive […]

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Jaffrey NH Wants $2.6 Million Grant to Save $1.5 Million (over 20 years)

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2014
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You know government is ‘working’ when rate payers and municipalities have to pay higher rates for electricity to fund projects like this. The Town of Jaffrey wants to put a solar farm on their landfill.  That sounds like an excellent idea.  Wasted space put to some good use.  Too bad the ‘experts’ in the government […]

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GrokTALK! April 15th, 2014 Photo ID, Green Energy Bird BBQ, Bundy Ranch, and The Growing Train of Abuses

by Steve MacDonald April 13, 2014
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Skip, Mike, and Steve talk about New Hampshire’s same day registration problem, Bill Clinton’s Photo ID epiphany, Getting strung up on a cactus at the Bundy Ranch –  see also “growing weary of the long train of abuses,” a bit of wind and solar BBQ, “another one bites the dust”– or the strange effect that […]

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Data Point – the cost of Renewable Energy

by Skip July 30, 2013

An abstraction from the Wall Street Journal (via Junk Science): Wind and solar make up 3.5% of America’s electrical generation Denmark gets 30% of its electrical generation from wind Germany gets 12% of its electrical generation from wind and solar Germany has used used $250 Billion to deploy to 12% By 2020: Denmark wishes to […]

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Bad News For Obamamobiles

by Steve MacDonald July 12, 2013

One of the best things about ignoring all the hype and just using common sense is when you are proven right.  The only thing better than that is when the Kool-aid® drinkers start to realize that you were right as well.  What the heck am I talking about?  Electric cars. For close to five years, […]

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Data Point – Federal Subsidies for electric power

by Skip December 10, 2012

    Yes, the enviros can complain that coal gets more of a subsidy than solar; true enough.  Add the subsidies for the top 4 items vs the renewables?  No contest – fossil fuels get $4.557 billion while renewables get $5.954 Billion.  In the end, however, is what is the bang for the buck.  It […]

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Which Utopian Democrat Dream-Scam Is Failing Faster?

by Steve MacDonald July 13, 2012

Which Utopian dystopian Democrat dream-Scam is failing faster? In Cah-Lee-Four-Knee-Ah the Workers paradise is collapsing at an ever increasing rate as the anchor of unsustainable public union contracts and pensions drag otherwise average, every-day, incompetently run, but barely sustainable left wing bureaucrapalities (bureaucratically strangled municipalities run by an endless string of administrators and political descendents […]

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WH Knew Before Solyndra Workers Flew…

by Steve MacDonald January 16, 2012

The Solyndra Scam continues to develop and Hot Air has the dropon the latest document dump from the White House.  That’s Ed Morrissey’s headline up there.  And this is all just another political cover up courtesy of the Democrat party. The Obama administration pressured Solyndra to keep quiet about impending layoffs until after the November […]

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