This video promoting a “micro grid” gives us an idea of how unreliable solar energy is of no real use.
I was surprised that Fox News posted this piece of solar propaganda but gratified it at least acknowledged that solar power is unreliable.
The reason this video appeared in Fox News’ YouTube channel is probably because the network is promoting “blockchain technology” for who knows what reason. I know nothing about it but I assume such news stories are simply advertising.
Some elements of the video appeal to me. I hate being the prisoner of a government monopoly, so I love to hear about ways I might escape my electric company.
But it is forthrightly admitted in this video that, at best, expensive solar panels only provide electricity during the day, when the weather allows it.
In other words, solar panels don’t do a thing to free us from traditional energy sources. They are a hobby that only works on the basis of traditional energy.
This reminds me of what Ezra Levant said about wind farms.
So how do these people afford their energy panels? My guess is massive government subsidies. Solar energy would even be more expensive than oil or coal if it was as stable and reliable as oil or coal. As a fair weather friend, solar panels make even less economic sense. Solar energy is unreliable.
And with the irrational purchases pushed by subsidies comes a waste of resources. None of the factories making solar cells and assembling solar panels are powered by solar panels. Unreliable solar energy requires more oil and gas to make the panels. Solar panels contribute carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Not to mention I am sure there are other industries that could use silicon for much more important technology. To the extent the government diverts money into the solar panel industry it causes the price of other technology to go up.
The video tells a nice story but it leaves out a great deal.