David Kirkpatrick

August 9, 2010

Is solar power cheaper than nuclear?

Filed under: Business, Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 9:04 pm

Surprisingly, maybe so.

From the link:

One of the issues associated with shifting from using fossil fuels to alternative energy sources is the cost. While adherents of alternative energy tout its benefits, many are skeptical, pointing out that such alternatives are just too expensive. Advocates of nuclear power point out that it is less polluting (if you don’t count storage of spent fuel) than fossil fuels, and that it costs less than alternatives like solar power.

A new study out of Duke University, though, casts doubt on the idea that  is cheaper than . Using information from North Carolina, the study shows that solar power may be more cost efficient than nuclear power. With costs dropping on the production of photovoltaic cells, and with solar cells becoming increasingly efficient, it appears that — in North Carolina at least — solar installations offer a viable alternative to nuclear power, which is the source for about 20% of the electricity in the U.S.

1 Comment »

  1. But you HAVE to consider the cost of storing spent fuel. And not just in dollars but in safety as well.

    I hope we’ve learned something from the Fukashima Disaster to rethink and dispose of all nuclear energy facilities in this country.

    I do wish that everyone will jump on the solar power bandwagon. This is something we all can do for ourselves at home… right now! Even if you rent you can remove some of the electrical burden for your home.

    Do-It-Yourself solar panels are simple to make and cost as little as under $200 per panel. There is no need to wait for the bureaucrats to figure out how they intend to set up and deliver solar power to our homes.

    Let’s not wait. Let’s get started now and cut down and maybe even eliminate the power companies from our lives and return to truly green living.

    Spinthyme

    Comment by spinthyme — July 13, 2011 @ 2:00 pm


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