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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

 

Amazon's Solar Farm - Good For Them - Not So Much For You

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Roanoke Times, 9-29-2015, Pg Va 3:  Amazon moving forward on large Accomack solar farm.  Will span 900 acres, use 250,000 solar panels, produce 80-megawatts enough to power 15,000 homes.  Gov. McAuliffe gleeful!
http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/amazon-moving-forward-on-accomack-solar-farm/article_5ec3c329-7b96-55f0-bad3-7380bf301dfe.html
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Why doesn’t the Pravda Media use some basic Truth In Advertising honesty and point out the limited hours per year these 15,000 homes can have their lights ON?
News Flash: Solar panels don't work at night -- so NO lights ON!
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Kudo’s to Amazon for building a corporate solar complex to supply electricity to their facilities during those times when the sun shines.  In that general location there are approximately 100 clear days per year and on those clear days the average time the sunshine hits the panels, between sunrise and sunset, is 63%.
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The % Sun number measures the percentage of time between sunrise and sunset that sunshine reaches the ground.
Total Hours is the average number of sunny hours the city normally has in a year.
Clear Days is the average number of days annually when cloud covers at most 30 percent of the sky during daylight hours.


 

 

 

 

% Sun

City

Total Hours

Clear Days

 

 

 

 

63

Richmond, Virginia

2829

100

 

 

 

 
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Amazon’s business case for this very expensive and intermittent power supply is the fixed cost going forward for a portion of their requirements.  They clearly understand Bill Gates’ calculations and conclusions about the future major increase in energy cost due to Obama’s energy strategy and they want to “hedge” those costs.  They also are getting large federal and state taxpayer subsidies to build this complex.  I guess that actually makes it "our" solar complex.
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Bill Gates: Renewable’s Cost Astronomical – Switch Green Subsidies To R&D
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/07/bill-gates-renewables-cost-astronomical.html
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Amazon also knows that the utility systems, that we support, must maintain 100% backup of the total energy requirements for partial or no-sun conditions therefore their risk is minimal.
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All this is good for Amazon and the solar system people; not so good for the rest of us because Amazon will not be paying their fair share of the utility electricity systems and grids required to support them and the rest of the folks attached to the grid.
It’s somewhat like the happy Prius Drivers who get 50 MPG.  It’s good for them but they certainly aren’t paying their fair share of the fuel taxes that pave the roads they’re driving upon.
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For those people who can afford the investment of a solar system for their residence or business there is a business case to be made even here in Virginia where the "direct normal solar radiation" is marginal at best.
Just make sure you don't drop your power line to the grid!
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Bill Gates: Renewable’s Cost Astronomical – Switch Green Subsidies To R&D
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/07/bill-gates-renewables-cost-astronomical.html
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Dolly Parton And Solar Power Working 9 to 5
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2013/12/solar-power-working-9-to-5.html
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Obama: Turn Off The Lights – Solar Panels Don’t Work At Night
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/05/obama-turn-off-lights-solar-panels-dont.html
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Roanoke Times Totally Misses A Great VT Green Energy Opportunity
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/02/roanoke-times-totally-misses-great-vt.html
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