Better break out the popcorn; this is going to be good:
<National Report>This week, a scientific research facility in Wyoming made a startling discovery that is certain to change the way millions of Americans look at the environmentalism movement, after they found conclusive evidence that solar panels not only convert the sun’s energy into usable energy, but that they are also draining the sun of its own energy, possibly with catastrophic consequences far worse than global warming.
Scientists at the Wyoming Institute of Technology, a privately-owned think tank located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, discovered that energy radiated from the sun isn’t merely captured in solar panels, but that energy is directly physically drawn from the sun by those panels, in a process they refer to as “forced photovoltaic drainage.”
Somebody’s bound to believe this stuff, and it should be entertaining.
Granted, as a power source, solar’s laughable: PV arrays degrade fairly rapidly, and after 20-25 years, they’re essentially shot. Sure, if you install a brand-new roof on your house (with a 35-year life expectancy), then you’ll do well for the first few years if you get one of those companies like Solar City to come out and install a “free” solar system on top of it. And hey, after 25 years, you own it, free and clear.
Of course, since it’s at the end of its useful life, that means you have to pay to have it removed and disposed of as hazardous waste, but that shouldn’t cost but a few thousand dollars. But nobody ever said that smug is free – or even inexpensive.
That said, though, solar has its uses: we use solar accent lights along the steps leading up to the house, and they work okay for that function. And we had a mole working in the yard, so we installed a solar mole-chaser – it’s a stake you set into the tunnel that emits high-frequency beeps and vibration ever couple of minutes. Moles hate that, and the solar mole-chaser seems to have effectivly driven the varmint back into our neighbor’s yard, so we’re cool with it.
We’ll just keep sucking all the energy out of the sun to keep those little devices working; after all, we don’t expect to be around in 400 years, when the sun turns off.