My solar power system mirrors exactly what we face by trying to rely on renewables alone.
The other day I received through the door a package about a proposed 340 acre (138 hectare) solar farm a mile from my house. Apparently, it’ll produce “49.9MW” (sic) and meet the needs of 16,000 homes. What? Even on a cloudy day? It goes on to mention that the projected life of the solar farm is 40 years after which the land will allegedly be reinstated. Who’s going to enforce that? More to the point, where will the 49.9MW come from after it’s been dismantled?
As for the people running the company, in 40 years’ time they’ll either be dead or done a runner.
The company claims to be “contributing to the world’s move to 100% renewable energy”. 100%? That tells me they don’t even understand their own technology, despite also being apparently unaware of what’s going on in India and China.
Actually, I’m all for renewables. Since sunshine is free it’s insane not to take advantage of it. But one has to be realistic – and tell the truth.