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Cost of solar

Just to follow up from a discussion on friday…

The article notes that the 2009 average cost in the US is 6.1 to 18.1 cents per kilowatt hour.  It was on this basis that they say that IF power gets down to 15 c per kwh it would be competitive.

What about the cost of electricity in Australia?

Well, according to wikipedia, which may not be accurate but I have no reason to doubt it, its 3-5 cents per kwh.

So whilst solar will become cost competitive with coal in the more expensive parts of the US, in five years, possibly, its going to be quite a while before it competes with either the cheaper parts of the US or most of Australia.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big believer in renewable power as being the only long term plan that looks viable – but it will only happen with either:

a. Major government initiatives (eg., subsidies & taxes)

b. Major rises in the cost of extracting coal

If we wait for option b, then the economy is going to be in a bad way by the time it happens.

Michael

Windows 8

Well, microsoft has probably done it right, or at least a lot better.

Windows 8

Your next operating system won’t be windows.  At least not the windows you know.  Its much more like a mac.  Or an iPad.

Michael

Tea and Toast. Forget the coffee.

Having a good weekend.

Small incident with the coffee maker – I could have sworn it was the sort that you put on the stove.

Turns out it was somewhat more of an electric version, with lots of plastic underneath.  Highly flammable plastic…

Michael