…Wind and Solar are Wasteful…
Wind and solar both generate unreliable and costly electricity, and even worse, must be replaced every twenty years or so.
Wind turbines may not even last twenty years, while solar panels may last 25 years before degrading significantly.
Both are also more susceptible to damage from the weather than are natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) power plants. Hail wreaks havoc on solar panels, while wind turbines can freeze during the winter and must be shut down when the wind is greater than 55 mph.
(The following costs per KW relate to nameplate ratings.)
NGCC power plants built today should last for 40 years or more, and cost less than $1,000 /KW for an 800 MW unit.
Land based wind turbines cost $1,500 /KW to install, while utility scale PV solar cost $1,350 /KW to install.
Over 40 years it will cost $3,000 /KW for wind turbines, and $2,700 /KW for solar power plant installations, compared with less than $1,000 /KW for a NGCC power plant.
Wind and solar also generate less electricity, where capacity factor reflects the amount of electricity generated for a given nameplate rating.
An NGCC power plant has a capacity factor of around 64%, while land based wind turbines have a capacity factor of around 33% and PV solar has a capacity factor of around 24%.
Having to replace wind and solar after twenty years is a waste of money and produces waste that goes into landfills.
Wind turbine blades are made of fiberglass, glued together with epoxy and are not recyclable.
Solar panels contain hazardous materials.
Meanwhile, NGCC power plants are made of steel, iron and aluminum, all of which are recyclable.
Wind and solar produce costly waste while generating small amounts of expensive electricity.
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