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LETTERS

Solar farms can't power number of homes claimed

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James Robison

Monday, November 26, 2018

A letter to the editor in the Nov. 14 edition concerning the need for a factual basis for solar facility decisions is right on the money.

I would like to point out that electricity from photo voltaic panels is only generated for about five hours per day — when the sun is shining. And, no matter what the developer claims about how much power is generated, the maximum power can only be generated for about one hour per day — when the sun is shining and is almost directly overhead.

Also, solar-generated electricity can not stabilize the grid, it can only destabilize it. The supply of power on the grid must almost exactly match demand, so when power output fluctuates, due to clouds, rain or during the night, the supply of electricity must come from conventional sources — usually nuclear, coal or gas.

The claims from the solar developers that their project will be able to power so many thousands of homes are nonsense. Power from industrial-scale solar facilities connected to the grid can not power even one house for 24 hours a day!

James Robison

Edenton

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