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I have edited my previous post. For Solar power in Germany, in 2010 it was 11.729 TWh, in 2012 it was 28 TWh.
The Liberose Photovoltaic Park (which is not their largest, but has more easy stats available), can allegedly produce 0.053 TWh, which according to what I can find, uses 2.2km^2 of land.
Or 41.5km^2 per TWh, much better than wind power, but would still need to blanket half the country's land mass to produce the amount of energy they consume. Though their it's not a complete dead end like wind power.
Solar can be embedded in windows of high rise buildings and the like.
I was enthusiastic for a long time, until I came to understand the massive amount of land they require, and the effect of having, not a few tens, or a couple hundred, but thousands of them in an area. There used to be a very beautiful view driving through the Pass on Interstate 10 or roads paralleling it. Towering above is Mt. San Jacinto at almost 11,000 feet. In one sweep of your gaze you could follow its line from that height to below sea level on the desert floor. Majestic. Gorgeous. And now, that view is gone, violated by rows and rows of turbines, just one huge generating plant. And the same on the other side of the pass, except on that side the Painted Hills, where I walked and took so many pictures, are now cris-crossed with rows of turbines. More than 5000 acres through the Pass, over 3000 of them public land.
The San Gorgonio Pass, the Bay Area's Altamont Pass, and Tehachapi Pass south of the Central Valley, comprise 95% of California's wind power capacity, and annually claim thousands of birds, large and small, sparrows to eagles. The birds (and most humans) do not understand the actual speed of those huge turbine blades.
The total amount of California's electricity that wind produces for all those thousands of acres of land, all that visual blight, all those bird deaths, all the 30+ years of heavy subsidies just to get it to the point of something close to competitive? 1.5% That's right. One and a half percent. Less than one terawatt.
And the best wind power areas are already taken. It cannot be efficiently expanded much more.
The wind power companies make a big deal out of the present wind power being able to power a city the size of San Francisco. Big deal, indeed. San Jose is bigger than San Francisco. So is San Diego. And of course, L.A. is larger than those three combined.
I think wind is fine for someone going off the grid in a rural area, if that's what they want. But in my opinion, large-scale wind power sucks.
We not only have a lot of solar cells on roofs (and small dedicated solar fields, I have not come across yet), but also a lot of huge wind-mills all around here in the in-land. The latter are growing as mushrooms.
The problem Germany is facing is as well getting the produced electricity from the most effective off-shore and coastal wind-mill sites to the customers inland, as well as lacking effective means to store electric energy beyond the current hydraulic stores.
Hmm then how come people with roof solar panels actually make money off the electric company because their net use is less than their net creation and so the leftover is sent to the electric company meaning they get a check from them for producing energy?
I think homes could easily run off of solar only, I think it's only large factory and schools and office buildings that would use too much power.
Anyway there's lots of solutions, people are just not willing to change or implement because its either too inconvenient or less profitable..q
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Well I guess we ave all determined by now that Ilford won't be making color Film !