HUMANS INVENTED SOLAR ENERGY MACHINES IN THE VICTORIAN ERA
OH YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT
WE INVENTED WINDMILLS EVEN EARLIER - YOU KNOW, HOLLAND?
WHY THE FUCK IS OUR PLANET NOT RUNNING ON SOLAR AND WIND POWER RIGHT FUCKING NOW?????
oh right because coal and oil is way more profitable.
AUGH COME ON.
do you even know the cost of the upkeep of a windmill is? do you even know what kind of “power” those 1800’s machines put out?
fact is, its not viable yet. its too expensive and its not effective enough.
Yes, I do know how much it costs to maintain modern wind turbines.
“Older wind turbines have an annual maintenance cost are on average 3% of the original cost of the turbine. Because newer turbines are usually quite substantially larger you get an economy of scale, lower maintenance costs per kW of rated power. This is simply because you do not need to service a large turbine any more often than a small one. Couple this with the constant development of new materials and techniques and you will make savings on the maintenance costs. For modern machines the estimated maintenance costs are in the range of 1.5% to 2% of the original investment per annum." [source]
Fact is, it’s totally fucking viable RIGHT FUCKING NOW and it is LITERALLY the oil and coal corporations with power over our government that is preventing us from using renewable energy. Period.
And that’s not even going into what a technological revolution the original windmill was in the various countries that invented and used them. Plus I should edit, the earliest windmills were invented in Persia in about 500-900 CE.
using a source from a bias source proves nothing. of course the ones selling the damn things want to make them seem appealing. doesn’t make it true.
Let’s look at a bunch of sources!
This one compares wind to many other kinds and finds that it is among the safest AND the most cost effect.
This site reads like a Republican masturbating to money given to them by the natural gas commision, but even their pessimistic conclusions at the end only say that the overall “cost” of wind turbines is probably 1-2% more than we think it is. Oh the horror!
This site notes that costs are going down and will continue dropping as better maintenance practices are introduced.
This article reminds you it’s 2014, not 1994, and things have changed recently.
Of course there’s always Wikipedia, can’t call them biased can you?