Oilpan4 wrote:If solar is the answer to everything how much solar power generation capacity do you own?
More than I use for my home and two EVs.
Same here except I only have one BEV and I heat my home with PV electricity. As I said, it is easy with the magic of net metering. Unfortunately, that says virtually NOTHING about solving the "Nor'easter problem". Neither does your "ignore the real issues" approach to the math.
Case in point: you don't produce more than you use in November, January, February, nor March. And you do not produce as much electricity as you use at night when it is 20 degrees Fahrenheit BELOW ZERO and the wind is blowing 50 MPH (assuming you even heat your home with photovoltaics).
On this forum, Zythryn comes close to the monthly numbers even including heat and electric vehicles in the winter in MN, but even his system does not provide his nighttime loads. He could, but the wear on the batteries would be very costly. And it wouldn't make sense to do that at the low values of PV penetration now on the grid. But that is what is required if we want to actually make such a transition to 100% renewables.
SageBrush wrote:As a technical, financial, and environmental question though, the answer is "this is easy, saves money, and is the thing to do to slow down AGW."
It is not easy. It is not cheap. As a result, it will take a very long time to make such a transition. Unfortunately, simultaneously moving transportation from fossil fuels to electricity will make the transition of electricity generation much more difficult. To me, that looks a bit like Jevon's Paradox in action.
As a result, the global rates of installations of fossil-fueled electricity generation (including actual capacity factors) are mutliples of installations of renewable electricity generation.
SageBrush wrote:The transition to clean energy is slow due to ignorance, stupidity, and reactionary conservatism, not due to merits.
I will grant that many people who have not installed PV on their homes to date have fallen prey to these things.* If you will stay in your home for some time to come, PV is one of the best financial investments you can make today. Compared to a ridiculously overheated market, it seems a no-brainer. Yet people argue the point with me, or even flat out refuse to discuss it. Perhaps we should have a thread just listing the dumb reasons people have given for not installing PV.
OTOH, that has little to do with a transition to 100% renewable electricity generation. It is a complete non sequitur fallacy to say that if it is good for me then it is good for everyone. Not only is that a fallacy, it is also incorrect.
* Don't get me wrong, there are many valid reasons not to, such as:
- I don't have the authority to do that because I rent, etc.
- I live in the woods.
- I am moving next month.