What you heard (with nonfire) most likely was the transformer’s fuse blowing due to an overload. In those cases, the transformer is not damaged. Most pole mounted transformers are oil cooled, and burn if they fail internally... I've heard a small transformer on a pole go off from a few hundred yards away. Really gets your attention! I don't think it caught fire, but sometimes they do....
I did say it was a wild guess, remember.That sounds a bit bogus to me.
So using our wild guess, you would need solar panels rated at 2kw, with perfect batteries and no losses.In other words, we average around 400 to 1,000 watts.
What orifice did you pull that out of Lr27? I never said anything like that. Read my post, don't read into what I said.Are you saying that wind turbines catch fire more often? I seriously doubt it! It's easy to find conventional power plant fire pics on the web.
I read that story. Apparently when solar roads are driven on they get dirty and quit making electricity, and they also break and quit making electricity. It's just the damnedest thing.I read a couple weeks ago that the solar panel roads were spectacular failures.
Actually renewables are rarely owned by the utilities and have to compete on the open market like all other forms. They only exist because they are competitive.That behavior typically is driven by the state's public utility commission. To appease environmentalists, they issue a rule that the utilities that they regulate must provide X percentage of their energy from "renewable resources." Many do not consider hydroelectric a renewable resource; environmentalists groups advocate the removal of all dams on rivers. To do that, the utilities underwrite new renewable projects. And all of those projects increase the cost of energy. That increase is spread over all customers.
The more that one knows about government regulation (manipulation is a more descriptive term) of industry, the more dismayed one becomes. BTDT.