HOLY CRAP! I did not know that. If you crunch the numbers, that means that solar requires 96 TIMES as many people per unit of power compared to fossil fuels to produce only 1.3% of our national energy budget.
The term “opportunity cost” comes to mind.
Matt Ridley published another brilliant commentary on the idioc UK “renewable energy” policies and their huge unintended consequences.
Wind Makes Electricity Expensive and Unreliable Without Cutting Emissions
A few of his quotables….
[Policies favoring “Renewable Energy”] has COST wealth, jobs, landscapes, wildlife, security of supply: and all for NOTHING in terms of emissions savings.
The DECC’s numbers show that small businesses will be paying 77 per cent more per unit for electricity by 2020 than they would be if we were not subsidising renewables.
The coalition promised secure, affordable and low-carbon power, but instead gave us unreliable, expensive and high-carbon power.