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Solar-panel “trees” really are inferior (or: “In which hopelessly inept journalists reduce me to having to debunk a school science project”)

This article is reproduced from here. For some reason it has been taken down from his blog… I have the intention of writing this very post on this blog, and I may well still do so, but for now here is someone else’s…

Just to be clear, this is not a scam! It is, however, a really good example of really sloppy journalism.

Solar breakthrough?

Some poor 13-year-old kid is all over the news as having made a “solar breakthrough”. The news is to blame. All the usual suspects — popular environment blogs, tech magazines — blindly parrot the words of this very misinformed (not to blame him, he’s an unguided 13 year old) kid. Continue reading ‘Solar-panel “trees” really are inferior (or: “In which hopelessly inept journalists reduce me to having to debunk a school science project”)’ »

“Don’t Buy Solar Panels, Make Your Own!” Nonsense!

Another scam on Facebook, “Don’t Buy Solar Panels – Make Your Own!” at mysolarplans.com is just another name for GreenDIYEnergy.com which is just another name for earth4energy.com…. which is, at worst, simply a scam, and at the least it is VERY misleading; you can’t make your own solar electric PV panels from components you find at the hardware store… not without smashing up a set of garden lights or something anyway, and if you did that you would not end up with a decent size, efficient, usable system, let alone anything comparable to a system at “$27,000 average cost”. Continue reading ‘“Don’t Buy Solar Panels, Make Your Own!” Nonsense!’ »