More access to cheaper renewable energy sources is pushing fossil fuels out of competition.

By |2019-07-13T05:07:51-08:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

We need some good news.

Courtesy of Science

This month, officials in Los Angeles, California, are expected to approve a deal that would make solar power cheaper than ever while also addressing its chief flaw: It works only when the sun shines. The deal calls for a huge solar farm backed up by one of the world’s largest batteries. It would provide 7% of the city’s electricity beginning in 2023 at a cost of 1.997 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the solar power and 1.3 cents per kWh for the battery. That’s cheaper than any power generated with fossil fuel.

“Goodnight #naturalgas, goodnight #coal, goodnight #nuclear,” Mark Jacobson, an atmospheric scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, tweeted after news of the deal surfaced late last month. “Because of growing economies of scale, prices for renewables and batteries keep coming down,” adds Jacobson, who has advised countries around the world on how to shift to 100% renewable electricity. As if on cue, last week a major U.S. coal company—West Virginia–based Revelation Energy LLC—filed for bankruptcy, the second in as many weeks.

The new solar plus storage effort will be built in Kern County in California by 8minute Solar Energy. The project is expected to create a 400-megawatt solar array, generating roughly 876,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually, enough to power more than 65,000 homes during daylight hours. Its 800-MWh battery will store electricity for after the sun sets, reducing the need for natural gas–fired generators.

Everytime I hear that a coal company is going out of business I want to throw a party.

Despite obstruction by the big oil companies and the attacks on science by the Republicans, we are moving toward a much cleaner, safer, and more energy efficient future. 

We could have accomplished this long ago if we had just gotten serious earlier, but at least we are finally making the changes that will ultimately protect our planet and preserve the future of the human race.

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5 Comments

  1. Anon July 13, 2019 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Sarah has opened a wind mill cancer treatment center in Wasilla.

    • Harley July 13, 2019 at 6:36 am - Reply

      Yes. It also has a coal dust infused asbestos respiratory inhalation therapy. The cure would be mesothelioma.

  2. Anonymous July 13, 2019 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the WH and that idiot St Ronnie had them removed.

  3. Anonymous July 14, 2019 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    The United States could be #1 in the world in renewable energy. Instead Old King Coal is trying to bring back the 19th century on more ways than one. As long as he gets to keep his Twitter and Fox snooze.

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