When solar and wind projects fail, become outmoded or age
and produce less energy than the energy it took to make them
no green environmentalists are to be found
Perhaps we have a lesson for the future with what is happening now. Before the big rush in the 1980s to generate electricity from solar and wind, California's Central Valley was a vast grassland where antelope and elk grazed and wildflowers swept the spring landscape. Then, in 1983, came the Carrizo Plain solar facility with 100,000 photovoltaic arrays generating 5.2 megawatts at its peak. It was by far the largest photovoltaic array in the world. But, in1994 it was dismantled.
Today, the Carrizo Plain solar facility, near the Carrizo Plain National Monument, is an abandoned, decaying eyesore where the wind whistles through a cyclone fence that encloses the remains of a once ambitious plan to generate power from the sun at one of the sunniest places in California.
The rush to renewable energy has been just a free-for-all in which get-rich-quick companies exploited ridiculously generous tax breaks to pepper the States with millions of PV Panels and thousands of wind turbines. It is a scam that has been working well as long as they can blame the destruction and expense on saving the planet.