The May 12 auction guide had an article about Ashland county-West Holmes Career Center solar project. The project is funded by a $115,329 grant from USDA.
Because this area has more than one third of the days each year with cloud cover, producing electricity with solar panels is very expensive when all costs of this project are tallied. What will the cost per kilowatt-hour be? (installation, life expectancy, maintenance, interest on investment, etc.)
Various science reports I have read have estimated the cost of electricity produced by solar panels in an area like ours is to be five to 20 times our present rates.
There is supposed to be one of the largest solar projects in the state in Noble County. The panels are old technology, low efficiency ones. To add insult to injury, the project is going to be done by a company from Spain.
Only the federal government is interested in borrowing money to fund projects that make no economic sense. This seems to be what happens when politicians and bureaucrats try to run a business.
Blaine G. Neilley
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