babble is's discussion board but it's much more than that: it's an online community for folks who just won't shut up. It's a place to tell each other — and the world — what's up with our work and campaigns.

Nanosolar's Breakthrough - Solar Now Cheaper than Coal

Agent 204
Joined: Nov 19 2003


Agent 204
Joined: Nov 19 2003
If this is the real deal, it's very good news:
quote:Their mission: to deliver cost-efficient solar electricity. The Nanosolar company was founded in 2002 and is working to build the world's largest solar cell factory in California and the world's largest panel-assembly factory in Germany. They have successfully created a solar coating that is the most cost-efficient solar energy source ever. Their PowerSheet cells contrast the current solar technology systems by reducing the cost of production from $3 a watt to a mere 30 cents per watt. This makes, for the first time in history, solar power cheaper than burning coal.


Joined: Jun 14 2001
It's running a little ahead of expectations so some salt may be required. But it is coming.

Joined: Jun 3 2006
You guys know Germany has ~50% of the world's solar industry?

It's such a travesty the Canadian government didn't put in the tax credits that would have made us a powerhouse in this gargantuan industry of the future.

The Liberal party sucks.

Agent 204
Joined: Nov 19 2003
Yeah, the Cons and the Fibs could both have done a better job. But that's the way it goes.

One thing that I like about the stuff shown at that link is that it looks like it could very easily be added to every electric and hybrid car, to extend range. Heck, when parked and plugged in the car could even feed power back into the grid once the batteries are charged.

Joined: Apr 29 2004

National Space Society(U.S.) To Announce Ground-breaking Green Energy Solution

(Washington, D.C., November 9, 2011)

The National Space Society (NSS) will hold a press conference on November 14, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The NSS plans to announce the findings of a ground-breaking space solar power study conducted by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

"With space solar power technology, energy can be collected from space and transmitted wirelessly anywhere in the world," explained Mark Hopkins, the lead Executive Officer of the National Space Society. "This technology could be the answer to our energy crisis. We look forward to sharing the results of the IAA's study, and exploring the potential that space solar power has for creating thousands of green energy jobs," he said.

That's wonderful! And with all the billions of dollars in pension money and Canadians' savings being invested in the U.S., the Americans should be selling us solar energy sometime in the future. Meanwhile Canadians can focus on buying F35s and borrowing even more money from private and foreign sources at leg-break interest rates. Because everyone knows we need more F35s - it's da bomb. Baird and Doer had better step-up the snivelling and grovelling to the Yanks begging them to take the dirty oil off our hands. 

Joined: Sep 27 2008

M. Spector
Joined: Feb 19 2005

Solar power is cheaper than anyone thinks
February, 2012

"There is a very well established economy of scale in the solar industry. It is very similar to the computer industry--the more they make the less we pay," writes [Joshua] Pearce [of Queen's University] by email. This perfect storm of new supplies, cheaper technology, and resultant fierce competition has driven prices to shockingly low levels. "Now the solar industry is set to start competing directly with the big energy industry titans of the fossil fuel era. Why would you pay for coal-fired electricity if you can generate it cheaper on your own roof?"

If you don’t want to wait for solar grid parity, it has already arrived in parts of the U.S. (California and Hawaii), and it will hit Germany in 2013, three years ahead of schedule. There’s no precise forecast for that magic moment in the U.S. as a whole, but the researchers in the study have released an online calculator to determine the true costs of solar energy in your area.

Regardless, it seems that the parity moment is arriving in the next few years around the world, Jeremy Rifkin, an adviser to the German government and European Union on climate change and energy security, told Reuters. "Solar prices will keep falling. Grid parity is going to be reached in many countries between now and 2015 and that’s a good thing. I don’t think the world will need any more subsidies for solar by 2020."

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Login or register to post comments