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Revealing article from the Alternate Energy Mag clearly demonstrates their unreliability

Paragraph to note:  “As for the significant decline in solar output, we’re looking for a good answer,” he adds. “The solar PV system on my house produced 5.6% less electricity in 2013 because of the weather, but the massive installation of solar panels in Ontario and elsewhere should have been sufficient to offset any decline in total generation.”

In other words, in spite of the fact that solar installations increased and tons more money was poured into this energy source, total power generation dropped and the industry is ‘looking for a good answer’ for this.  *sigh*  

This is remarkably similar to the story out of Germany a couple of years ago, where even though they installed 1,000 more wind turbines from the year before, total power output from the turbines actually declined.  The President of the German Wind Energy Association explained it by saying, “there simply wasn’t enough wind.”  

This is the reason why wind and solar should be called “Unreliables” – DQ

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Solar Power Drops in Canada: Federal Statistics

Alternate Energy — March 16, 2014

Electricity generated in Canada from solar panels in 2013 declined 7.6% over 2012, while the total annual output from wind turbines rose only 3%, according to government statistics.

Last year, total generation from all electric utilities and industry was 611,189 gigawatt-hours (611 billion kWh), up 2.7% over 2012, notes Statistics Canada in its year-end summary. Solar and wind energy are usually cited in capacity (kW or MW) but annual capacity factors for renewable energy systems can be as low as 15% to 30%.

Output from wind turbines last year totaled 9,005 GWh (compared with 8,744 GWh in 2012 and 7,563 GWh in 2011) while solar panels generated 240 GWh (vs 259 GWh in 2012 and 54 GWh in 2011). Wind supplied 1.5% of Canada’s electricity in 2013, while solar PV produced 0.04%.

Hydraulic, which generates almost two-thirds of the country’s electricity, rose 3% to 387,689 GWh, and nuclear (the second-largest source) increased 6.6% to 96,971 GWh.

“Capacity is important but the actual output of electricity is even more important, and these numbers are very troubling,” says Bill Eggertson of the Canadian Association for Renewable Energies which analyzed report 127-0002. “Wind barely kept pace with the overall increase in power output, and it was less than half the percentage gain from nuclear reactors.”

“As for the significant decline in solar output, we’re looking for a good answer,” he adds. “The solar PV system on my house produced 5.6% less electricity in 2013 because of the weather, but the massive installation of solar panels in Ontario and elsewhere should have been sufficient to offset any decline in total generation.” ….

… Some of the statistics are posted on the website produced by Natural Resources Canada for the recent meeting of provincial energy ministers, so “our governments are fully aware of what is happening with the power output from renewables,” says Eggertson.

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One Comment on “Revealing article from the Alternate Energy Mag clearly demonstrates their unreliability”

  1. cornwallwindwatch March 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

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