mbender wrote:You must be kidding and/or naive.
No, rather you seem to be ill-informed about efficiency or poor on reading skills.
At no point did I say it couldn't be done or wouldn't be economically viable there. My point was clearly stated as one regarding global deployment efficiency. If we have the capacity to produce and deploy x number of solar panels in a year, it would be more efficient for global renewable energy deployment to put those where they will produce more power, subject to that production being close enough to power needs such as population centers. Thus, global efficiency would suggest solar be allocated elsewhere. That is not a difficult concept, nor a joke.
The impact of geographic location on solar panel output is well studied and documented.
And studies showing that during the summer with day-round sunlight they can produce well ignores the flip side of the year where they produce very little. Also stating that other northern locations make the same mistake does not mean that is a good plan.
I concur that Canada does many things well. And I fully support their desire to be good world citizens and be green in their power production. And I 'Go Canada' as I particularly like visiting there for a number of good reasons. I am in no way being anti-Canada.
My comment was about efficiency in their allocation, which consumes solar resources which could have gone to better locations.
Now, if I somehow misunderstood what I've read and solar panels work better farther north than they do south, then I stand corrected. If I am correct on that point, then I'm correct regarding the resource allocation efficiency aspect, at least until such time as we are no longer resource constrained regarding solar panels and we can cheaply deploy them everywhere we desire power. I hope we get there sooner than later. Production is growing and costs are dropping, but we have a long ways to go yet.
Another possible argument in favor of Canada doing solar vs. the other green options would be to provide information indicating that even that far north, solar is so much more efficient than other options and there is some political hostility or other barrier to installing those resources further south. That would be an appropriate response if that is the case.