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World Hydrogen Leader Charley Rattan Associates

UK based offshore wind & hydrogen corporate advisor and trainer; Faculty member World Hydrogen Leaders. Delivering global hydrogen and offshore wind corporate investment advice, business...

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Bob Meinetz on Oct 12, 2021

Charley, this article is a quintessential example of how the solar advocates at "PV Magazine" try to make the lie of solar energy digestible by breaking it into bite-sized chunks. First, the headline:
"US steel mill to get powered by 300 MW of solar." The reader is led to believe solar panels can power a steel plant. Who knew?
Then the subheading:
"This steel mill...will be the first in North America to rely on solar power." 'Ah, ok,' the reader thinks. 'The mill won't be getting all of its power from solar panels, but to be relying on it, it must be getting a lot.'
Then:
"The more than 700,000 solar panels can provide 90% of the plant’s energy needs at peak production” – and 95% of the mill’s annual energy demand..."
'Wha?', thinks the reader. 'Solar panels are supposedly providing 90% of of the plant's energy needs at peak production. To generate 95% of its annual generation, it would have to generate more than 95% during non-peak production...even at night! Now PV Magazine is just making sh*t up,' the reader concludes. 'I can't believe a renewables advocate would lie.'
Dear Reader, believe it...it's part of their DNA.

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