“The massive 100-metre-square dishes slowly rotate, following the sun. Light clicks and taps…” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/13/could-this-be-the-worlds-most-efficient-solar-electricity-system)
Those noisy rays. Next thing wind will be flashing.
“If the weather is clear on Friday morning the European grid will suddenly lose the equivalent generation of eight to ten very large coal power plants as the moon passes between solar panels and the sun. … In the UK, more than half of the solar generation could be lost. But this will be largely offset by the drop in demand caused by people stopping what they are doing.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/18/solar-eclipse-unprecedented-test-european-power-grid)
In Scotland, Stratus Power and productivity will continue entirely unabated.
“Europe could have saved itself $100 billion by installing solar power panels in sunnier countries and wind turbines in windier places,” reported the World Economic Forum. (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/20/us-utilities-europe-davos-idUKKBN0KT2BC20150120)
How much did the report cost?
“Costing around €3m (£2.4m) and funded mostly by the local authority, the road is made up of rows of crystalline silicon solar cells. … When the path is extended to 100 metres in 2016, its creators hope that it will produce enough energy to power three households.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/05/worlds-first-solar-cycle-lane-opening-in-the-netherlands)
€3m for three households seems steep, especially in The Netherlands.
“Major future wind and solar farms should give communities the chance to invest and own as much as a quarter of projects … to cement goodwill with existing supporters of wind power but to win over vocal opponents as well.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/03/people-living-near-windfarms-offered-stakes-from-5-pounds-counter-opposition)
Such local residents could ensure a steady supply of wind.
“‘Solar ink’ … is designed to capture sunlight and turn it into electricity. A fine layer of this ink is then deposited onto a material, such as plastic. … Silicon is falling in price, but think about how cheap plastic is.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/10/solar-energy-cells-you-can-print-out-catching-commercial-eye-says-csiro)
Cheap? Plastic? Haven’t you heard that cheesy old record, ‘Please renew me’ by Engelbert Solarink?