wmbrainiac, I recommend doing some research. Solar is NOT the green source it is touted to be. Panels degrade over time, and will need regular and expensive replacement. The Photovoltaic cells in the panels are neither biodegradable, nor recyclable, and degrade in voltage output over time. By 5 years the average expectancy is 80% of original KVW output, 10 years between 20% to 40%. If your answer was really viable, then the â€œreligion of Capitalismâ€ would happily provide the service. Why not? No expensive drilling costs, no controls and waste disposal costs like with nuclear, but they would still be able to charge standard rates for power consumption. The â€œreligion of capitalismâ€ does work, and if you think itâ€™s such a great idea, build your design, propose it to venture capitalists, and show the world just how great it really is yourself (and make a fortune while youâ€™re at it!). Of course it really ISNâ€™T a viable resource, and youâ€™d lose the shirt off of your back if you did try it.
eighty square !$%*! of desert-based solar power plants to generate steam, together with new transmission, lines can meet all of the country's power needs sooner, safer, and less expensively than the recommended 30-50 new nuclear plants recommended. technology is not the problem. the religion of capitalism is the problem.