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Annony Mouse 07-Apr-18
HDE 07-Apr-18
Tonybear61 08-Apr-18
Anony Mouse 08-Apr-18
HDE 08-Apr-18
Annony Mouse 08-Apr-18
From: Annony Mouse
07-Apr-18
Solar’s future not very bright

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DC: In this booming economy, Americans looking for work in a variety of industries have seen prospects improve and wages increase. To some pundits and lawmakers, however, certain sectors are far more important than others and should be bolstered even at the cost of other jobs. In response to research that find multiple jobs lost for every “green” job created, studies claiming economic benefits from renewable subsidies receive quite a bit of media attention. In light of competing claims, what are consumers and taxpayers to make of the government-supported renewables sector? The Solar Foundation’s 2017 Solar Jobs Census Report provides a useful benchmark for assessing the state of the industry, and keeping everybody informed about the results of government spending. After combing through data collected by 2,389 energy establishments, the foundation concludes that the number of solar-supported jobs contracted by 3.8 percent between 2016 and 2017.

After an increase in solar jobs by more than 20 percent between 2015 and 2016, a decline may seem surprising. Considering the policy climate, however, the turnaround makes perfect sense. Faced with the prospect of a lapse in a key federal renewable tax credit, companies and installers when on a project binge in 2015. This artificial boom meant that solar projects that would have been spread out over the next few years were moved up to 2015. This frenzy meant that, even after the tax credit was in fact renewed in December of that year, activity in the solar sector receded quite a bit. And, as renewable tax subsidies are slowly phased out through 2021, activity will likely slow down further. This extension also guarantees renewed market instability in a few years’ time, as the debate over whether or not to further extend the credit are renewed. Even if private investment can partially fill the gap left by the phase-out, skills mismatches are bound to hold back the solar industry. more

From: HDE
07-Apr-18
But, Tesla said power should be free for everyone...

From: Tonybear61
08-Apr-18
Really? We have had 3 huge solar projects completed in my area just in the last 2 years. Farmers who struggle with the family or hobby farm seem to be more than willing in opening these huge tracts of land open for that development.

On one of the projects during the pile driving they ran into a lot of glacial era bolders , big as a couch, table and cars. Fun to work around. Then there was a spot with a water table much higher than expected...

That said as I understand the energy is not for local use , its sold to the grid, transported by the huge obnoxious power lines springing up everywhere in this rural area...

From: Anony Mouse
08-Apr-18
Subsidies are ending. Tax bennies are gone.

This reduces incentives and raises costs.

From: HDE
08-Apr-18
Farmers who struggle are always more than happy to lease or sell off acreage for another crop - energy.

How do you think the boom happened in the Williston Basin, or the Permian for that matter?

From: Annony Mouse
08-Apr-18
Past vs Present: different economic environment.

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