Monday, April 9, 2012

Solar power and grid parity in California

Skeptics of clean energy often say it's too expensive, when, in reality, prices are falling so fast that they are close to more traditional forms of power.

This item in CleanTechnica suggests California has already achieved that milestone, thanks to the state's aggressive support of renewable fuels, such as solar energy. This post also says that solar parity has arrived, while this blog suggests parity is still a few years away.

Either way, prices have dropped to the point where solar and other renewables make better sense economically, especially in California, where sharp minds and incentives are adding fuel. I like this idea: using a solar carport to help run EV chargers at a Metrolink station. Farmers, winery owners and municipalities are turning to solar to run portions of their operations.

Photo of Yosemite by dereklink.

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