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Silicon Valley Shifting to
Power Grid After Solar Sours

Bloomberg News, by Andrew Herndon & Christopher Martin

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Posted By:Ribicon, 2/25/2013 4:53:46 PM

Silicon Valley investors that helped build the solar industry are shifting cash into electricity-grid technology and energy-storage developers after bets on panel manufacturers failed to pay off. Companies including VantagePoint Capital Partners and Khosla Ventures are stepping up funding for systems to manage electricity, which are typically less capital intensive than solar-panel factories. Venture capital and private-equity financing for renewables dropped to its lowest in at least six years in 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.(Snip) Investment flowing from private equity and venture capital firms into renewable energy fell 34 percent to $5.75 billion last

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Greedy investors see no money in unicorn power. Time for government to double down for the greater good!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: QRP, 2/25/2013 5:08:44 PM     (No. 9195818)

All these "investments" are pretty much pie in the sky, or as the old saying goes - "A fool and his money are soon parted".
FWIW the magic number for solar is 2 watts per sq. ft. or 20 watts per sq. meter. Thats all the power you will get day in and day out if you are lucky and everything is up to spec.
As for SolarCity, it is only a matter of time before the fraud lawsuits start flying. No matter what the contract may actually say, the lo-fo voters sitting on the jury will hand out cash like a runaway slot machine.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: otronome, 2/25/2013 5:25:00 PM     (No. 9195846)

From Venture Capital to Venture Ticks - the poor, little rich guys made their billions, felt guilty and decided that fleecing the taxpayer in the name of Greeness would absolve them of their sins.

Go back to just making some decent products with private money and leave the poor taxpayer alone.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Alpha91c, 2/25/2013 5:25:24 PM     (No. 9195848)

The solar vision still lives within the white house. Government money will still be made available. Our Dear Leader has said solar is the way to go, and our government and tax $$ will make it so.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/25/2013 5:39:05 PM     (No. 9195875)

When the government gets involved the intellectual assets become owned by the government. When a private consortium was nearing success on a human genome project, President Clinton declared that no patents would be allowed on human DNA. Billions in private capital fled the market. Duhh.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dvc, 2/25/2013 6:26:26 PM     (No. 9195945)

LOL! Time to wake up and realize that all the ´alternate energy´ added together is about the same as the roundoff error when calculating the total power used by this country. It is not econimcally sensible as a primary power source almost anywhere.

I have a house with 100% solar electricity in a remote area where there is a lot of sun and electric power would have been EXTREMELY expensive to have run. It makes sense there, but all the serious loads, including the refrigerator, have been moved to propane. Only things that HAVE TO be electric are electrified. This works, but is entirely uneconomic anywhere that mains power is available.
I´m glad to see that this is finally soaking in.

The pathetic truth about electric cars will eventually be common knowledge, again.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 2/25/2013 7:53:22 PM     (No. 9196030)

I was at NAS North Island the other day and noticed a row of huge, gimbal-mounted solar arrays taking up valuable space on the carrier piers. Then I noticed that similar arrays had popped up throughout the base. Same thing at MCAS Miramar - acres of solar panels, everywhere. An indirect pouring of even more tax dollars into the industry.

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