"Solar energy is like pennies from heaven, except they only fall when it's sunny and you have to walk all day to pick up enough to pay for dinner."
"Solar energy is like dollar bills lying on the sidewalk, we just have to pick them up," said Mr Pachauri, who was joint winner of last year's Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate"
"If I had money to invest, I'd be putting it in that direction. Solar energy is like computers - the originals were huge and expensive and unwieldy, but once you got enough people and money interested and involved they became part of everyday life. Solar is the future, and we're just living through the gap period right now."
"The history of using solar energy is like a hero's poem: heroes are
coming, they win the fight, they fall and other heroes took their place. Maybe this is the most tragic chapter in the history of science, scoring the largest amounts of abortion and losses."
"The rapidly developing world of solar energy is like the early days of the railways. Yes there will be some millionaires, but most people will lose their shirts."
"As I've researched and applied both solar energy and innovation dynamics for a long time, I'm not a pie-eyed optimist about these matters. What my experience would indicate is that we are entering the very tricky transition phase- solar energy is like the transistor in the '50s or digital news now- the learning curve would indicate that, other things aside, it ascendancy is inevitable. Some of these "other things" are "unknown unknowns", but storage and grid stability are "known unknowns" ie, we know that they exist, although we haven't solved the problems involved. "
"Now, some are saying that solar energy is like yoga for the earth."
"Peak Power Shaving: Solar energy is like Pepto Bismol for utilities. It reduces loads and produces energy during the day when the demand is highest. It is a business model that meets our social goals. It is good for public relations. "
"Solar energy is like the low-grade ore. The sun's rays must be "mined," or collected, and then transformed into
useful heat or electricity before they are worth anything. A solar energy system helps you get "free" solar energy, just as the mining equipment helps you get "free" gold. But, like
mining equipment, a solar energy system can be very expensive - perhaps more than the sun's energy is worth. "
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