Originally Posted by mikeski
I have been in the commercial solar industry for close to 10 years. Two months ago we did our first project with no government subsidies.
If your question is when will solar be viable without subsidies, the answer is now. (California utility rates)
Details please... I bet either a tax incentive, government back loan, or a government subsidized company is involved. The solar industry experienced a major set-back from the federal government in the form of the Solyndra scandal.
Others are going to fall too, I would guess that First Solar of Mesa, AZ falls soon...
It is not the government's job to be "GROWING" "SOLAR FARMS"... at least not "DA GREEN HOUSE"'s.
The government's (I assume the "DA GREEN HOUSE" represents the federal government) job is the following:
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Anything beyond that is unconstitutional... no where is "farming" mentioned...
Furthermore, there is NO NEED for solar energy. We have one of the best sources of alternative energy already developed and have had it for decades. The problem is that it will be extremely hard for new players to be made rich through a controlled market of graft, greed, and a market where the government picks who the winners and losers are...
The answer is Thorium.
Of course Moose, you won't take the time to read about it, will you?? The Chinese are building Thorium molten-salt reactors
and they are doing it in India too...