Alternative Monday

File photo of workers cleaning photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat

Renewables continue to take the world by storm, which is good news for the climate.

Because of less expensive and more efficient technology, about one quarter of all Australian households now have solar panels. This process is uneven, with a rush to put them up recently because of a fall in the price of the panels. The adoption of solar may slow next year. But the technology is such that there will certainly be more periods of rapid adoption. Before you know it, all Australian homes will be run on solar power. Incidentally, if you run an electric car off the solar panels, it causes the payback period to fall for both. Even OPEC and big oil have vastly increased their estimate of the number of electric vehicles on the road by 2040.

Case Western Reserve University scientists have found a way to boost panel output by ten percent, and the breakthrough is now being tested for durability. If you follow these things, such reports of improved solar efficiency or fall in costs (which is the same thing) are quite common. The potential for technological breakthroughs is so high given the research and development money being thrown at solar research that all projections about the future are way too conservative.

A new University of Minnesota study finds that solar power plus battery storage is now, in summer 2017, already cheaper than natural gas.


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12 Responses to Alternative Monday

  1. Den says:

    Put that fossil fuel back in the ground where it belongs!


  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:



  3. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    One more test:


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Woo hoo! Den’s advice worked, but it was hard to dig up the “direct link” choice.


  5. Micki says:

    Den…thank you for thanking all your people who made it possible that you came up with Mrs. Flycatcher’s “first name”…you are so magnanimous!

    She was suitably named Gladys Flicka Flycatcher!
    Swooping up bugs like a stealth body snatcher,
    We won the contest,
    But who woulda guessed?
    Maybe it should be “Miss Margaret Thatchercatcher” ?


  6. David B. Benson says:

    To the Foundry via the Black Cypress, closed, and the Thai restaurant, closed, took 38 minutes. No sign as to why the restaurants were closed at a advertised date and time. The Foundry has at least 8 parties having dinner.


    • Micki says:

      Closed permanently? Or shuttered for a day or so…for whatever reason? Perhaps, you don’t know.

      The restaurant business is quite demanding, very competitive, and reputations often damaged by nasty “social media” reviews by self-indulgent patrons who think the world revolves around them.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Estimate 26 minutes for the return, as the mobile device was acting strangely at low charge and maybe a bad tab. Daily total is 38+26=64 minutes. A rabbit three separate times!

      Day 2: 50+64=114 minutes.

      The mobile device may completely fail so it is possible that I won’t be posting until I can obtain a new one. Well, maybe a bit from the office machine.


  7. Den says:

    Crab Feed or Spaghetti Feed, you decide:


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