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  • Bosch abandons solar energy. Not economically viable.

    Bosch to abandon solar energy business March 22, 2013 (AP)


  • #2

    Bush's fault.

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    • New Trail
      New Trail commented
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      tequila_titan wrote:
      "Liberalism; such great ideas, they need to force you to follow them"


      Such as?


  • #3

    normh wrote:

    Bosch to abandon solar energy business March 22, 2013 (AP)

    To you I'm an atheist; but to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.

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    • newbie chick
      newbie chick commented
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      RogueGnome wrote:

      Next step:

      How would the absence of US government subsidies to the oil companies affect their business?


      Very few products are economically viable in their initial phase. That is why there is an investment phase and a break even point where it is economically viable.

      Whomever buys their facility in Venissieux, France obviously must think that solar is an good investment for the future. The Chinese are investing in solar in huge amounts so they obviously see that it will be profitable in the future.

      Where would cars be be if Gottlieb Daimler abandoned development in the 1890s? What about Edison and Tesla?


    • normh
      normh commented
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      RogueGnome wrote:

      Next step:

      How would the absence of US goverment subsidies to the oil companies affect their business?


      I believe that the oil companies should have no subsidies.


    • lerber3
      lerber3 commented
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      The solar industry is shaking out marginal competitors... probably Vennesieux, France wasn't the cheapest place to build solar components. The name Bosch conjures quality that comes with a high price. Solar technology is getting cheaper. New fab techniques require modern production plants. As cost/solar-watt falls and energy costs rise the solar business will grow... and eventually a few, big players will dominate the market.

      This is free energy (excluding initial capital and operating costs). Seems dumb and short-sighted to give up. There are lots of ways to economically justify and finance solar power at government, business, and household levels. I can't imagine why both parties are not embracing solar power and the solar industry.

      Did it occur to you that Bosch went tits-up precisely because US solar competitors were eating their lunch? If so, well played, Obama.


  • #4

    normh wrote:

    Bosch to abandon solar energy business March 22, 2013 (AP)

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    "Your own limitations render you incapable of realizing that not everyone is as limited as yourself."

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    • Sloppy Santa
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      coyote-1 wrote:

      normh wrote:

      Bosch to abandon solar energy business March 22, 2013 (AP)


    • normh
      normh commented
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      coyote-1 wrote:

      Hmmm. Wasn't it your buddy davo who justified our multi-trillion $$ presence in the Persian Gulf by claiming that "the world's oil" ought not be held hostage by the people who live there?
      What is that beside a massive subsidy? You'd have to have 18000 Solyndras in order to equal that. Never mind the OTHER subsidies, tax breaks, etc the oil industry gets from us.

       


      Don't you have anything better than a low grade personal attack?

      Subsidies to oil companies should be ended.  Get that past your congress critters.


  • #5

    normh wrote:

    It would seem that absent government subsidies, the solar energy business is not economically viable. 


    Another record year for solar power in the US

    The US solar power market grew by 76 percent in 2012, making it another record-breaking year for the industry, a new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) stated.

    Solar is the fastest-growing energy source in the United States, according to the SEIA, with residents, business and utilities all taking advantage of it. During 2012, the United States installed 3,313 megawatts of solar photovoltaics.

    http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/03/another-record-year-for-solar-power-in-the-us.html

     

     

    2012 was a record-breaking year for solar panels in the US

    http://gigaom.com/2013/03/14/2012-was-a-record-breaking-year-for-solar-panels-in-the-u-s/

     

    China Drives Record Solar Growth Becoming Biggest Market

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-08/china-drives-record-solar-growth-becoming-biggest-market.html

     

     

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  • #6

    Why are rightwingers so against solar electric power?

    Oh they use subsidization as a cover excuse but deep down, I am convinced, they really hate it.

     

     

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