The second link you gave mentions 46.5 million dollar investment to produce enough power for 8,000 homes. Here in Maine a 55 million dollar wind farm just came on line. It is actually producing enough power for 45,000 homes. Let's see.... 46 million invested for 8,000 homes, 55 mil invested for 45,000 homes. Which seems the better investment in dollars?
I agree with you 100%. Wind is the best investment dollar wise, the problem is unlike the sun were you can get 6 hours of charging time each sunny day with wind you don't get that on an every day biases. Right now there is a shortage in panels and there will continue to be one in the future because they are running out of material to make them, which is why we need a huge push to find something to take it's place and cut down on cost's.
The bottom line is, with no repairs, no maintenance, no reduction in power over time, they are looking at a 54 year payback. The panels will not last that long. I don't like my tax dollars doing that!
We need our tax dollars doing something to help improve our environment, hopefully they can find something that works better for us all the way around. I keep seeing our electric bill go up and it's not the rate that's changing it's all those extra charges that they tack on each and every month. As long as those continue to go up (much like everything else) the pay back times will continue to shrink.