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China's solar rise seen in Solyndra's fall

8/31/2011 05:09 PM EDT
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WW III
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WW III   9/7/2011 4:21:46 PM
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Mojo of the building at the corner of Kato Rd. and Paige. History is not good WW III

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subman   9/6/2011 8:23:49 PM
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It's all a conspiracy by evil oil companies, even though solar displaces coal and gas. Maybe you meant coal and gas companies. Let's all be sure to keep our aluminum foil hats on so the the cia can't read our minds from their satellites.

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Mxv   9/6/2011 2:45:53 AM
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Where can I buy the Solyndra patents? I'd like to squat on them for 20yrs like the oil companies who are "researching" solar energy.

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Mxv   9/6/2011 2:39:57 AM
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We already import hydro-electric power from Canada. That's what electrical grids are for.

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Mxv   9/6/2011 2:34:10 AM
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Right. Let's wait until the Oil runs out. Then we can go back to older proven technology like Ox carts and buggy wagons. Good Idea.

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Jack.L   9/6/2011 2:24:03 AM
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Solyndra failed not because: - CIGS is an inherently poor technology - Crystalline silicon is an amazing technology - Terrible management (ok, debatable) - Obama or any other Democrat ... cause you know Republicans never promote a mistake ... Solyndra failed because it did not have an effective cost reduction road map. It is an inherently more complex product than crystalline silicon solar panels which when Solyndra started where realistically near early part of their cost reduction phase. There were numerous ways that crystalline silicon could be reduced in cost starting with scaling up production, and numerous other ways. Solyndra's product is (was) complex. CIGS manufactured inside tubes ... lot of tubes, that needed to be sealed, connected together, etc. Solyndra's mistake was not realizing the quick potential for crystalline silicon to be reduced in cost and their inability to match that price reduction rate (or to ever match it for that matter).

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Lee_E   9/5/2011 4:10:59 PM
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Adding solar will help PG&E and other utilities. There are existing plants that need to be retired. New solar generation will reduce the capital investment the utilities will need to make to replace them. When talking about the effect of pending regulations the CEO of PG&E and eight other utilities wrote "The units retiring are generally small, old and inefficient. These retirements are long overdue."

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Lee_E   9/5/2011 3:20:32 PM
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China doesn't own the market yet. The US is a net exporter for solar equipment on the order of $1.9 billion. Our solar balance of trade with China is in our favor by almost $250 million. That $1.9 billion positive trade balance is all the more impressive given that it was less than half ($723 million) a year earlier. It sad to see comments that basically say we should give up China has the market.

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ibm221   9/5/2011 6:56:56 AM
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a couple of hint for president. He need a pareto chart of jobless population and see what kind of industry will help. ie. if all jobseekers are uneducated it won't make sense to invest in hi-tek.

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RADIONEWT   9/3/2011 11:47:21 AM
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I don't get it? Maybe Solar energy is practical out west but in the northeastern states it's a little more than a novelty to most users. Are Power company's going to invest into a source that depends on the weather without Federal subsidizing? China will continue being a leader in this technology because of slave labor and Americas' willingness to buy all the junk they ship over here.

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