Taxpayer-subsidized solar cell maker shuts down


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Taxpayer-subsidized solar cell maker shuts down
Thomas Lifson
American Thinker
12/22/10

So much for green jobs being the wave of the future, as promised by President Obama. Taxpayer-subsidized solar cell maker Spectra-Watt has announced it is shuttering its plant. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports:

[quote]In a stunning reversal, the frequently lauded and taxpayer-funded SpectraWatt Inc. has told the state it will close its solar cell plant starting in March and lay off 117 workers.
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OK, how far from economic viability are current technology solar cells if makers can’t make a profit even after large subsidies?!


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[quote=“PeteS_in_CA, post:1, topic:28676”]
Taxpayer-subsidized solar cell maker shuts down
Thomas Lifson
American Thinker
12/22/10

OK, how far from economic viability are current technology solar cells if makers can’t make a profit even after large subsidies?!
[/quote]I just had a relative who told me I should look into solar because he knows I have been working on making my home more energy efficient. I have read solar still has to have a backup in order to get marginal use out of it. I believe I saw one home around here that had installed some kind of solar device but the owner has since removed it.


#3

In the early '80s when I was a teen, they had solar panels on the roof of the public library and a display showing how many watts were being generated at the moment (typically a little over 2000 watts on a good day). When I went back about twenty years later, it was gone.


#4

Just for information; the ‘active solar’ installations of twenty years ago took a tremendous amount of maintainence [ie: cleaning refurbishing the cells etc] that any supposed gains were offset. ‘Passive solar’ was just too expensive and seasonal.
There is nothing wrong with looking into and experimenting with solar technology, and a system I have specified in one persons home is called “Dawn Solar” with a very high initial cost but it heats glycol for radiant heating as well as hot water, and also can generate electricity with new ‘nanocell technology’[sheets of generating capability.]
Worth looking into.


#5

I saw a TV clip of “Ed” Begley, Jr. on his roof “cleaning” his solar array. So if you don’t keep the solar panels clean, you get reduced efficiency.

Batteries are another maintenance item. I have not seen honest projections of how long these batteries will last.

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[quote=“Bucks, post:5, topic:28676”]
I saw a TV clip of “Ed” Begley, Jr. on his roof “cleaning” his solar array. So if you don’t keep the solar panels clean, you get reduced efficiency.

Batteries are another maintenance item. I have not seen honest projections of how long these batteries will last.

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[/quote]Ed" Begley, Jr–Now there is a nut. He probably ends up spending more being environmentally efficient than what he gains from his little crusade.


#7

My brother was trying to use solar power for an electric fence to keep the deer out of his orchard. Some kind of shiny bars, I think - and the bluebirds loved perching on them. And guess what else they did on them?!