You are so very wrong.
Solar IS cost competitive. And with in a very short period, if current manufacturing price drops continue, it will be the cheapest source of power. But sure, ignore the real numbers the real reality of the situation if you wish. These numbers have been the talk of wall street for more than 2 years. Solar companies are turning down investment right now because there is too much being offered. But feel free to continue to display your ignorance. Even a fool could verify the real numbers with Google.
Ok, first, you're a moron.
Yes, if you read some nonsense put out by a "Green energy" group... it's easy to get confused... if you're a moron.
Coal has an average btu of 20,000,000
It takes 10,107 BTU of coal for a power plant to produce 1 kilowatt of power.
Basic math is 20 million / 10,107 = 1979 killwats per short ton of coal
The price of coal per short ton: $56.30
$56.30 / 1979 = Coal costs 3 cents per kilowatt
If you exclude taxes, regulation and infrastructure.
Now you're going to say "Solar's free!"
No it's not. You need a solar panel. Just like coal needs a mine and equipment.
The average price of a solar panel system for your home is $10,000... I'm even including federal subsidies. The real price is almost double.
and it lasts about 20yrs.
The average us household uses 11,000 kilowatts per year
So in 1yr, that's $313 worth of coal.
Over 20yrs, they'll use $6000 worth of coal.
That's production of the energy source, compared.
Solar is almost twice the cost.
The rest of the money you pay for coal power is going to the government, who will still want their money after coal is gone.
We're still need the electrical grid. I doubt the panels will be on your home, they will likely be somewhere else, and there will be batteries.