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re: U.S. lags in top 10 solar markets
dblnn   3/30/2009 6:12:15 PM
As you can see via this table, the countries that have the highest installed base are the countries that have the HIGHEST artificial GOVERNMENT support. I believe that Germany supports the solar cell industry at the rate of approximately $0.50 per kilo Watt Hour delivered to their grid. Even here in my North Eastern Illinois city the DELIVERED price is only about $0.14 per kilo Watt hour used. Germany's government is propping up their Solar Photo Voltaic industry and distorting the market place.

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re: U.S. lags in top 10 solar markets
DH123   3/27/2009 7:34:53 PM
Are photovoltaics not cost effective at all locations or only those with limiting factors such as less than optimum solar intensity, no in country solar panel manufacturing facilities etc. Furthermore cost effective includes other factors such as quality of supply when disruptive factors such as oil shortages occur in an increasingly unstable and competitive world.

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Carl_S   3/26/2009 5:23:38 PM
Photovoltaics are not cost effective today. There is no reason to install them at sites that have grid power. The money would be better spent on research to invent practical energy devices. The fact that Spain leads the world in squandering money on foolish stuff is nothing to brag about.

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re: U.S. lags in top 10 solar markets
kicker24   3/25/2009 11:12:22 PM
That is really funny. Belgium and Portugal are mostly equal in solar ranking. If I would look on the map I would cry how s***d should be those belgians who invested in their country into that business... Even France has less solar modules. Where this world goes to? Belgians must be richest people in the world or...

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