Utility Scale Wind and Solar Electricity Cost 5-Times More

Wind and solar are ERRATIC energy that CANNOT REPLACE existing fossil fuel plants.

Fossil fuel has to remain in FULL FORCE to take over when the wind IS NOT blowing or the sun IS NOT shining.

All wind or solar can accomplish is to REDUCE fuel consumption in the fossil fuel plants that ACT as BACKUP.

It costs about $15 worth of natural gas to generate a megawatt hour of electricity.

Using wind or solar, it costs about $80 to generate a megawatt hour of electricity, or 5-TIMES AS MUCH as using the existing fossil fuel plants, plants that have to remain, fully staffed, to backup wind and solar.

The cost of utility-scale wind or solar is approximately $80 per megawatt hour.

That cost is mostly the capital cost of the wind or solar amortized over the life of the plant.

Government agencies, like the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, act as cheerleaders for wind and solar electricity.

They bend over backwards to present a favorable case for wind and solar.

The explicit and implicit SUBSIDIES for wind and solar are GIGANTIC

These SUBSIDIES are papered over or IGNORED by the cheerleaders.

Due to legislated quotas, so called “Renewable Portfolio Laws,” wind and solar installations have guaranteed 25-year contracts before a shovel of dirt is moved.

The cash value of a 25-year contract guaranteed by a utility, that has the government behind, it is huge.

There are many other subsidies such as tax credits, the wind production tax credit and special depreciation rules that create the subsidy called “TAX EQUITY FINANCING.”

If batteries are added to a wind or solar installation, a new trend, the cost per megawatt hour approximately doubles.


Residential rooftop solar costs, exclusive of subsidies, about 3-TIMES as MUCH per kilowatt hour as utility scale solar.

Economies of scale are lacking.

When the sun sets, or the sun is obscured by clouds, the utility is expected to step up and supply electricity.

Maintaining this backup service includes the cost of power lines and generating stations.

In most instances the homeowner’s excess solar power in the middle of the day is fed back into the grid and the utility has to credit the homeowner with that power so that when the homeowner draws power from the utility, he doesn’t have to pay because he has a credit in the kilowatt hour BANK.

BUT there is NO BANK, and effectively, the utility has to buy power from the homeowner at FULL retail value.

Solar will still be a losing proposition for the homeowner unless his cost for solar electricity is less than the utility would charge.

That happens in states with exorbitant electricity charges.

In California the cost of electricity is higher the more you use.

People with large homes end up in a high tier, paying 50-cents or more per kilowatt hour.

For those people solar energy becomes a profitable bargain.

The utility loses the normal revenue that it would get from a non-solar house.

The only economic benefit is a reduction of fuel consumption in backup fossil fuel plants worth 1.5 cents per kWh.

That 1.5 cent electricity is displaced by solar electricity costing the economy about 24-cents.

The GAP between 24 cents and 1.5 cents is a 94% SUBSIDY paid for by SOCIETY.

If the homeowner makes a profit, it is paid for by EVERYBODY ELSE.

A better policy would be to offer the homeowner free electricity in exchange for a one time payment equal to the cost of a solar system.