The situation doesn't seem to be quite like you describe it, Grant:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concentrated_solar_power#Parabolic_trough

G Mann wrote:

> The solar focused mirror failure rate is very high.
> 
> I know of two other large array projects which are equally poor at
> producing energy, yet equally successful at taking investor money..
> 
> Private investment or Government subsidy are defined only by the speed with
> which investor money is vaporized.
> 
> Practical application yields return on investment. Pie in the sky claims do
> not... Billions are now lost, along with the time to build these monsters
> and ultimately to dismantle them.
> 
> On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 2:50 PM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
> > I AM WRONG -- it's not gummint money, to my astoundment!
> >
> > --R
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 6/18/15 5:48 PM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes wrote:
> >
> >> There was an article
> >> http://www.wsj.com/articles/high-tech-solar-projects-fail-to-deliver-1434138485
> >> a coupla days ago about some huge project in Kollyfawnya, solar thermal
> >> set-up, that is only producing 40% of the design output due to unforeseen
> >> issues.
> >>
> >> " The $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power project in California’s Mojave
> >> Desert is supposed to be generating more than a million megawatt-hours of
> >> electricity each year. But 15 months after starting up, the plant is
> >> producing just 40% of that, according to data from the U.S. Energy
> >> Department."
> >>
> >> Seems like a $2.2B 60% failure was not a very good "investment." Maybe
> >> could have started off a bit smaller and only pissed away a bil or two?
> >> But it's only gummint money, so who's counting...
> >>
> >> --R
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On 6/18/15 5:14 PM, Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:
> >>
> >>> MG via Mercedes wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> BIG oops! 5kw. Though the 5mw system would be very nice to have if it
> >>>> was the same price. Then again I probably don't have the room for it. I
> >>>> have only 42 acres.
> >>>>
> >>>
> >>> Well, let's see. 5 square meters per kW, so about 25,000 square meters
> >>> for 5 MW.
> >>> Around 4000 square meters per acre, looks like you could easily fit 5MW
> >>> on ten acres. I wonder if you could get-r-done for $15 million?
> >>>
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