Just like the Big Energy Companies use the BIG LIE the of Baseload. They also spread lies about Solar Power’s cheapness. They rant about government subsidies when they have gotten billions for years. When they no longer can sell in the USA because Solar is Actually Cheaper than coal. Then they demand that State build export facilities so they can sell it to unsophisticated third world countries. Even worse they sell to countries like China and India that know better but refuse to stop. They are poison spreading around the world and they must be stopped.
Solar Power Got Cheap. So Why Aren’t We Using It More?
It turns out there’s a lot of inertia built into the energy system.
- Ula Chrobak
Many of us might assume that the reason so much energy still comes from gas and coal power plants is simple economics: those fuels are cheaper. But though it was once true, that assumption has actually been obliterated by a recent decline in solar and wind costs over the past decade.
When it comes to the cost of energy from new power plants, onshore wind and solar are now the cheapest sources—costing less than gas, geothermal, coal, or nuclear.
Solar, in particular, has cheapened at a blistering pace. Just 10 years ago, it was the most expensive option for building a new energy development. Since then, that cost has dropped by 90 percent, according to data from the Levelized Cost of Energy Report and as highlighted recently by Our World in Data. Utility-scale solar arrays are now the least costly option to build and operate. Wind power has also shown a dramatic decline—the lifetime costs of new wind farms dropped by 71 percent in the last decade.
Natural gas prices decreased over that time, too, though by a lesser amount—32 percent—but that’s due to the recent fracking boom and not a longer term trend like that seen in renewables, the article states. The cost of building coal plants stayed relatively stable over the decade.
Go there and look at the pretty graphs. More next week