Solar Energy vs. Nuclear Power

Solar Energy vs. Nuclear Power

In light of the recent tragedy in Japan, many people are questioning the future use of Nuclear Power vs. Renewable Energy. It appears, for the moment, we all may be sliding down a slippery slope in terms of a worldwide disaster as these Nuclear Plants begin to age and break down, causing potential global threats. With a world population of over 6 billion it is a necessary task for us to find a better solution.

Solar energy needs no fuel and has no decommissioning costs (compared to nuclear). Costs per Watt are just incomparable.

We can build complete photovoltaic plants for $ 3,200/kilowatt. Solar thermal plants are even more favorable, in connection with other renewable energy technologies to solving availability, load balancing, etc., There is no argument for the use of nuclear energy vs. solar energy when taken into account the nuclear lobby, free raw material, no risk, no landfill problems, etc.

According to a recent study conducted by NC WARN, a member-based nonprofit nuclear and climate change watchdog group, the cost of building a nuclear power station is increasing as the costs for building Solar plants are decreasing. Their study conducted in July of 2010 shows the cost of solar energy dropped to roughly 15.9¢/kWh, while nuclear power costs rose to nearly 20$¢/kWh at the plant site, before any transmission charges.

The debate over the future of nuclear power has just stepped up a notch – with US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton saying the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima plant “raises questions” about the use of nuclear energy in the country.

“What’s happening in Japan raises questions about the costs and the risks associated with nuclear power, but we have to answer those. We get 20 per cent of our energy right now in the United States from nuclear power.” Clinton said.

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    Adam Jan 24 2013 - 11:41 am Reply

    Your claim of the cost of nuclear power per Kwh is an outright lie and there is no information to support it. The Nuclear Energy Institute and the EIA both agree at between .68 cents and .88 cents

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    jim stACk Jan 25 2013 - 8:47 pm Reply

    Nuclear is the most subsidized energy in history. It has to be shut down and refueled every 18 months. It gobbles 20 million gallons of water a day. Do you want to drink it after it was used? It evaporates and leaves your area. The waste is all stored on site. Do you want to live close to it?
    90% of the Uranium is imported. That worse than OIL this imports 40-45% in 2013, it used to be 60% before the recession and fracking started.

    Whats the real cost? Only Renewables are worth their weight in GOLD.

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