So the construction cost is $17000000 / 2200 megawatts = $7.7 per watt. Solar
electricity is about $10/W not counting storage for when the sun is shining (4.7
sun hours per day in Central Florida). The solar fuel costs are zero, but there
is an add-on for the nuclear plant over its lifetime.
From: Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology Society [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
On Behalf Of Kathleen Pagan
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 9:20 AM
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Subject: Nuclear Upfront cost triples/ think solar
Progress Energy tripled its estimate for its new nuclear power plant in Levy
County, saying Monday that the new price is$17-billion.
According to the book "A Golden Thread, 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and
Technology"( 1980, Butti & Perlin, Cheshire Books, Palo Alto), in
1941 solar water heaters outsold conventional units in Miami by two to one.
The book concludes, "History offers many lessons that can smooth our transition
to this new (solar) age. The successes and failures of past generations can
help guide us in the development of solar applications.
But the most important lesson is that solar energy can be a practical
alternative to scarce fossil fuels." (Page 253)
Kathleen W. Pagan, AICP, Senior Planner
(352) 374-5249 http://growth-management.alachua.fl.us/
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