Solar power on large scale is a waste of time and money. The only way the economics work is via government subsidies. Virtually every solar deal I have looked at as an angel with www.hydeparkangels.com doesn’t work. The other thing about solar is that whatever x energy it promises, it delivers .10x of that energy. Not to mention on large scales, it also destroys the environment, uses lots of fresh water and is inefficient at transmitting power over long distances.
However, it’s great in small self contained installations. This article is a great idea. At HPA, we also looked at a solar powered light that could replace kerosene lights reducing the risk of fire (and pollution). We didn’t fund it because of other issues with the deal, but boy was it a good idea.
All solar research should go into projects that are limited in scope and scale. Then I’d be a backer. The same goes for wind.