GE Sees Solar Power Becoming Cheaper Than Fossil In Five Years - Page 2
Wind energy, which is the brightest prospect at this time, has its own problems. Apart from the layman’s expression “no wind no power,” they also have environmental consequences on birds and other animal lives. In addition, they are difficult to maintain, and the biggest problem with them is taking the power to the nearest grid.
In the USA there are four massive independent grids. Grids are the networks that connect power generators to users. On each grid there are thousands of generating plants, producing multitudes of giga watts, and millions of consumers consuming them. Wind firms are mostly situated at remote places, and often a challenge to connect them to grids.
Geothermal, ocean waves, and many other technologies to harness power, are still in there nascent stages. In that background the news of cheap solar power shifts the deck, rather shakes it violently. For the first time it raises the spectre where individual homes and small businesses can be totally off the grid, generating their own power.
That is indeed the dream of every green energy enthusiast.