Common folly

Solar is often touted as a free energy source. Recent stories about the Naval Air Station Kingsville are a case in point. Solar Power Folly is a quick illustration of just how vacant such ideas can be.

A $3.1 million solar array at Naval Air Station Kingsville is expected to offset the base’s consumption of conventional energy by 2.5 percent. This is part of the Navy’s push to provide 50 percent of its energy from non-fossil fuel sources by 2020. This sound like responsible government green goodness until you take the time to look at the numbers.

The numbers? 3.3 acres of land used might be one, but more direct is the observation that “Invest $3.1 million at 2.5 percent interest which would yield $77,500 a year.”

The capital expense for solar effort cannot even compete with an extremely conservative investment.

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