With industry and government still pushing false solutions like “clean” dirty coal and nuclear power, ignoring the consequences for the health of our planet and our bodies, the news yesterday spells the beginning of the end for arguments that there are no other “economically viable” alternatives.
Yesterday, Nanosolar, a California solar-tech company, announced that they have shipped the first of their ultra-cheap solar panels. How cheap? Well, estimates put the installed cost of these panels at just around $2 per watt, which is pretty seductive when compared with the approximate $2.10 per watt in initial costs for constructing new coal plants. Not only is the initial monetary cost now comparable (and possibly less) than new coal, but there’s also the added bonus of having no ongoing fuel expenditures. So, monetarily cheap in both the short- and long-run. I think that’s a language even politicians and businessfolk should be able to understand.
Nanosolar isn’t the only company working on inexpensive solar technologies. Another California based company, Cool Earth Solar, has designed some snazzy inflatable solar collectors, which they hope to be able to market for an initial cost of $0.29 per watt by 2010. Pretty sweet, right?
While the availability of these new solar technologies is still limited (Nanosolar has already sold out the first of their 430 megawatt per year production capacity), no longer can government and industry try to tell us that solar power is too costly and economically out of reach…
…Of course, any photosynthesizing plant could have told us that ;-).
in good heart,