Crap! We built our solar plant in the wrong place: The Desert

The largest solar power plant of its type in the world – once promoted as a turning point in green energy – isn’t producing as much energy as planned.
One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn’t shining as much as expected.
Sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal desert near the California-Nevada border, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened in February, with operators saying it would produce enough electricity to power a city of 140,000 homes.
So far, however, the plant is producing about half of its expected annual output for 2014, according to calculations by the California Energy Commission.

So I guess that all of your very expensive cloud-model and weather simulation software is inaccurate (lacking fidelity) at predicting the future.  Hmmm?

Now you want the US taxpayers to give you More Money to support your giant in-air bird roaster?

via News from The Associated Press.

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2 thoughts on “Crap! We built our solar plant in the wrong place: The Desert

  1. We taxpayers subsidize the oil industry about $4.8 BILLION EVERY YEAR, not just a one-time development loan. This is chicken feed, and we have to develop alternatives to fossil fuels.

    And yes, we can’t predict the weather as well as we used to. It has become more unstable. But don’t worry. Climate change is just a theory…

  2. Lets get rid of all subsides to industries. A billion here and a billion there and that can start to add up to some real money.

    I would say that we can predict the weather much better than we used to be able to. The models and simulations have improved. But there are still too many imprecise variables/inputs. The cloud cover issue for the giant bird roaster is example.

    As for a model predicting the climate (long term epochs): Our input ‘granularity’ is digging up layers of dirt and cores of ice to analyze and make best guesses. Way too many variables to deliver a prediction. I can tell you now that it follows in cycles of cool-heat-cool-heat (con’t) and has done so for longer than man has been around.

    The “theory” is: that human are affecting the cycle.

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