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The Reliability of Renewable Energy: Solar

December 4, 2015
By Jordan Lofthouse, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Solar power is inefficient and unreliable because the sun is not always available (at night, on cloudy days or during storms), solar power cannot consistently meet electricity demand and relies on backup power sources.

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Solar power is inefficient and unreliable because the sun is not always available (at night, on cloudy days or during storms), solar power cannot consistently meet electricity demand and relies on backup power sources. Solar power is the most expensive source of electric power, requiring tax dollars to prop up the solar industry, and electricity providers must compensate for solar power's variability with backup power sources and better infrastructure. These high costs come with limited environmental benefits.