Dauntless wrote:And all those trade shows have conference sessions on '. . . .Doting the I's and crossing the T's.' That's an enormous part of the offerings.
Less than 25% at the last conference I was at.
At SEIA coming up in September, here's the workshop list:
Quantifying uncertainty in solar radiation measurements
Large-scale PV: Design Considerations and Case Studies
PV System operations and maintenance
Streamlining and Standardizing Due Diligence to Ensure Quality of Pv Power Plants
Expanding Solar Deployment Opportunities in the C&I Sector
Grid Modernization and Solar: What Are the Implications for the Future of Net Metering, Speedier Interconnection, and the Risk of Solar Fees?
Fundamentals of Residential Solar Sales: The Economics and Financial Opportunities
Inspecting PV Systems
The Future of Grid-connected PV: Regulatory Changes
Solar Codes & Standards Annual Workshop
So 11 workshops, 3 of which were regulatory (i.e. "dotting the I's and crossing the T's.") 27%. Hardly "enormous."
Which is not to say that the Chinese won't discover that they actually did it all wrong and our slower approach might lead us to learn the lessons cheaply.
Yep. Costs are declining and will continue to decline as we learn the lessons that come with building out solar. And those lessons will be promulgated at conferences like the one above.
Still, the fat lady hasn't sung on all that.
Oh, I'd say she has sung on whether solar (and renewable energy in general) is affordable or not. It is now a significant part of our generation. It will continue to expand.
But "Common Sense" is just another word for "Unfounded Opinion."
Nope, it's common sense - something a sad number of people lack. It's why the news is full of people doing very stupid things and injuring or killing themselves, for example.