Yes, solar can, and DOES, replace oil, despite what the so-called "expert" energy analysts claim -- which is that solar is not in direct competition with oil.
The video above, which I produced today (June 27, 2015), illustrates that solar does indeed replace oil!
I've been using solar energy to replace oil for 18 months now in my 2014 Nissan LEAF. It's been 100 percent powered with home solar generated electricity and so-called solar-offset generated electricity.
The one (pure) electric car + one ICE crutch household is putting a serious crimp on EV charging infrastructure growth and expansion.
When 98 percent of EV owners have a gas car crutch in the garage too -- this estimate might be a tad high, I don't know; sadly, no one is keeping track of this stat -- and they all ditch their EV in favor of an ICE crutch for mid- and long-range trips, there is NO incentive at all to build out mid- and long-range EV charging infrastructure.
Ah, gotta love Tesla Motors CO Elon Musk!
He always has a comeback, and it's always spot on.
Not much more I can say about the advocacy graphic above than that. In fact, the graphic, and Musk's quote, speak for themselves :-)
I used to think that electric cars needed more range. I still do.
But it's not range that's the biggest problem, it's a lack of EV charging infrastructure.
Personal experience has gotten me to change my view.
I got hit by a divorce six months into a two-year Nissan LEAF lease, and was left with a pure EV as my only car -- to haul me around, and, when I have them, my two kids as well.
I've run out of charge twice in the past 10 months, both in the winter with temps around 15 degrees out. Wasn't fun -- but we (both my kids were with me both times) survived.
What if you threw a revolution and nobody came? That is the opposite of fun.
When people talk about Elon Musk, adjectives such as fun, merry and entertaining may not be at the tip of the tongue.
However, he is poised to throw a party of enormous dimensions for the purpose of growing green energy use.
Here is Musk's party invitation last year for Tesla car technology, which Mr. Musk is extending to Tesla’s new Powerwall energy storage products: “If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles. But then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”
In other words, the technologies behind the new Powerwall batteries are open source and license-free. Let the party commence!
If you follow solar energy closely, and even if you do not, chances are, you've heard that solar will soon be reaching, or already has reached, "grid parity" in multiple places in the United States and around the world.
Basically, "grid parity" means solar-generated electricity costs the same, or less, than natural gas generated electricity, coal-generated electricity, nuclear power generated electricity, etc.
The solar industry -- and solar lovers/proponents -- think grid parity is a big deal.
But, at least in terms of rooftop solar and the individual American household and interest/desire and, most important, follow-through on actually going solar, grid parity is nowhere near as important as many advocates make it out to be.
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