Idaho dairy farmer drawing attention for solar power

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  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 30, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    My2Cents said: Sun and wind powered energy are not sustainable or reliable sources of energy.

    Yeah! Unlike gas,coal and oil which will last forever and ever, and America has enough to last forever if those danged enviroterrorist would only allow the oil and gas companies to just stick their hose in the ground and pump into our cars and homes.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 30, 2012 6:34 a.m.

    Some will criticize this farmer by proclaiminig that government incentives and subsidies for the solar panels show that renewable energy can't compete in the marketplace on costs.

    Those critics, however, need to recognize that energy isn't a free market and that farmers' reliance on a utility monopoly means that they are always at the mercy of energy and pricing decisions made for them by profit-minded utility executives. With no competition, farmers must pay the electricity prices set by their monopoly utility.

    I was privy to some discussions about the likelihood of carbon taxes on Utah's reliance on coal, and one utility decision maker noted that they weren't worried about future carbon taxes and increased cost on coal because of their ability to pass those costs onto rate payers was virtually assured given that the monopoly utility is entitled to a "fair profit" regardless of its escalating costs.

    In another conversation, I learned that utilities like wind power because it is cost stable for 20 years -- no fuel prices and no future carbon taxes -- but they can sell it at a premium to "green" customers above their escalating fossil fuel rate.

    Farmers need energy alternatives.

  • SME Kearns, UT
    April 30, 2012 6:07 a.m.

    The longer description says the farmer added the solar panels to "save money on energy costs". He may well be saving money, but only because the intallation costs were paid for with tax money. If he paid the installation costs himself, it would be a net costs, not a net savings.

    Solar energy, at least for now, is a false economy, subsidized by tax money. Europe's solar energy market is declining rapidly now that they can no longer afford to subsidize it. Solar energy may be able to stand on its own at some point, but we aren't there yet. Can we truely afford to subsidize it?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 30, 2012 6:02 a.m.

    Bad for the economy and raises the cost of dairy products. These kinds of government subsidized and sponsored demonstrations have little to no value and only makes the economy worse. Sun and wind powered energy are not sustainable or reliable sources of energy. So it can be done does not make if viable or worth the millions of dollars of investment cost that will never be recovered or paid for.

    And that is why it has never been done, its a waste of more energy trying to make this scam to work. Not only does it waste energy, the decline of customers will raise the cost of other none industrial users for the more reliable cheaper energy of coal powered plants.

    So called green energy is a hoax and a lie and does not work. It is failure in concept, cost, reliability and being sustainable. And it doesn't create jobs.