Harm wrote in post #15951562
What an utter load of rubbish. Clearly you don't work in the global field of the power industry. My projects range from in Chile through to Sudan/Nigeria, Trinidad, Europe, Middle East, the US, Australia etc. all is the same. Solar/wind is too expensive and unreliable. Not everyone gets the US subsidies. Other countries have a much better push on renewables but it is expensive. When I do lenders engineering work for a bank, they won't lend money if you do not make a return on investment.
im an investor, and i dont have to work in any particular sector to know how the money is spent, i have press releases on my desktop pertaining to global fossil fuel subsidies. 630 billion dollars worth of petrolium is subsidized in emerging markets (developing countries) YOY since 2008. globally, when you include the US, nearly 1 trillion dollars (probably more) will be subsidized this year 2013 globally. i dont think it's any wonder why petrolium technology is so advanced, is getting more advanced, and no other technology is allowed to take hold because simply put, they are outspent.
but i digress...this is a photo forum. we can agree to disagree, but please realize that technology is driven by r&d, and r&d comes from investment. nobody is investing in solar because its too expensive, because it's costs are minimally subsidized by the most monetarily wealthy institutions on earth, large 1st world governments. the technology developed in heavily subsidized areas of the world, will in short order, make it's way to other areas of the world, thereby benefiting those markets indirectly via the subsidies that make that technology possible.