Renewable Energy World jumps the shark, saying the more big solar the better because the US likes doing things on a big scale and it will mean big profits for big developers. Wowie zowie, I mean what could go wrong with that? As for any possible problems with, say, carpeting the Mojave desert with solar power plants, they just brush that aside saying let’s deal with that after the solar is installed.
When an industry is just getting up to speed, as solar is, I’m not sure it makes sense to put up roadblocks to stifle its development. Once we know what we’re doing, maybe then we should go in and start making restrictions about where and how large farms should ideally be.
But by then of course it will be far too late. Such plans and restrictions should of course be made before not after the solar is installed. California has mandated 33% renewable energy by 2020. Big solar in deserts will thus have captive customers regardless of the cost of the power, which will certainly go higher. Plus the solar plants may be able to sell carbon credits, producing more income. This reeks of crony capitalism being done under a cover of green theology.
Renewable energy is good but the way it is being implemented in California now makes me deeply suspicious of the true motives of those involved. Maybe the cheerleading isn’t so mindless after all.