Mother Nature Strikes Back

Tom Finnerty01 Jul, 2023 < 1 Min Read

Try to contain your schadenfreude: a massive, multimillion dollar solar park in Nebraska has been smashed to bits by a single hailstorm.

From the No Tricks Zone:

The Scottsbluff, Nebraska 5.2 MW Community Solar project was part of the [Nebraska Public Power District]’s Sunwise program that consisted of an array has over 14,000 solar panels. It’s reported that it had been put into operation in 2019.... Now it has been just recently reported that the multimillion dollar solar energy park was literally reduced to a heap of rubble as hail literally pummeled it to a pulp in just a matter of minutes.... The disaster underscores once again just how vulnerable to the forces of nature solar energy parks are. The system’s 25-year expected lifetime was cut to down to less than 4 years, and makes you wonder if setting up such weather-vulnerable plants make any sense at all.

Give another reliability point to traditional energy sources like oil, natural gas, coal, and even nuclear. Those tend not to be utterly destroyed by entirely predictable weather events.


Tom Finnerty writes from New England and Ontario.


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2 comments on “Mother Nature Strikes Back”

  1. The only solar/wind project that makes economic sense is a clothesline, and only if the government stays out of it.

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