NYTimes left me giggling…
- Jul 15, 2021 10:48 am GMT
We get the analog version – so no links, sorry.
Solar Panels vs Power Lines by Ivan Penn and Clifford Krauss makes it seem that there is a fight between solar panels on rooftops and power lines.
We need both, and especially large cities need both.
Perfect conversion of light to electricity in Manhattan, could provide about 10% of the annual energy needs by covering every single square inch with solar panels. we do not and will not ever have them, nor can we expect 90 percent energy efficiency from where Manhattan is today. Then electric transportation will AT LEAST double the need for electricity in Manhattan.
The writers, editors and advisors for this article are creating a war, where none should exist.
Yes, solar panels are cheaper and more efficient when the sun shines. NYC has less sun in the winter when they need more heat.
Regardless of season, Manhattan will have to import more than 95% of its electricity needs even when they cover every reasonable surface with solar.
NYC will be able to make 5-10% of their daily needs within city limits. NYC is not alone all large, dense cities will need to import, so will most towns that have a population of 50,000 people plus and buildings over 4 stories tall.
The only people who could potentially go “off-grid” with solar are those with large suburban lots.
In Ottawa Ontario, the average homeowner needs 2 kilowatts of PV panels in the spring and 22 kilowatts in December. So, most of the investment would be off most of the year. EVs will make it worse.
No, the NYTimes does not get it, at all, shame on them for trying to create a divide that should not exist.
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