Why Big Solar is a Colossally Bad Idea

Ten reasons why decentralized solar is much better-

And this is article does not even mention the negative effects of big solar on wildlife.

Meanwhile, however, GE and others secure largest thermal solar project. Clean Technica



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  1. SEAK Mossback Avatar
    SEAK Mossback

    The technology improvements in localized alternative energy are phenomenal and still on a steep upward curve. I’ve long subscribed to Home Power magazine and watched it transition from strictly specialized information support for primitive off-grid dwellers (like myself) trying to improve their home brew systems from 12 v batteries, car tail light bulbs, etc. to wealthy suburban folks wanting to be green and cutting-edge (and avoid suffering with the masses during central power outages) — to finally the cusp of cost-effective strategies and broad energy solutions for the masses. The magazine helped lead the way in a pretty successful period of breaking down institutional resistance and unnecessary barriers thrown up by utilities and building departments, by providing technical information on safety, political issues and even civil disobedience, including a monthly section called “Guerilla Solar” featuring people standing proudly (with faces blocked out by the editor) next to their unauthorized, grid-tied installations. There’s so much more available than when I researched and set up my household system tying together hydro, wind and solar in the mid-1990s and even that system would have been far more difficult to set up and manage well under the technology available even 5 years earlier. The private sector is making a lot of progress in the area of decentralized power production — the main challenge seems to be institutional recognition that it’s the best future.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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