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Comment Re:This Announcement Hot on Heels of Bilderbergers (Score 2) 759

I didn't forget it, this calculation is based on instantaneous or average power, so EROI of the panels isn't relevant . . . nevertheless . . .

Nonsense

It turns out the EROI break even point for poly- and monocrystalline panels is 4-7 years over a lifespan of 20 - 30 years and for lower cost thin-film panels it's 2-4 years over a lifespan of 10-15, assuming installation outside the arctic / antarctic circle.

Comment Re:This Announcement Hot on Heels of Bilderbergers (Score 5, Informative) 759

Nonsense

United States area = 9 trillion square meters (approximate)
United states average insolation over 24hrs = 100w (pessimistic)
United States average energy draw all forms of energy = 3.4 trillion watts
Photovoltaic conversion factor = 15% (pessimitistic)

area * insolation * conversion factor = 135 trillion watts average over 24hrs

135 trillion watts > 3.4 trillion watts, even given these wildy pessimistic assumptions.

of course covering the whole of the USA with solar panels is ridiculous, then you have storage to deal with, but yeah, your sums are out by several orders of magnitude.

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Worst Companies At Protecting User Privacy: Skype, Verizon, Yahoo 113

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Linux Kernel Developer Declares VirtualBox Driver "Crap" 357

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US Navy Breaks Laser Record 294

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