Scheer strikes back at Khosla…
If you read Vinod Khosla’s critique of German environmentalist Herman Scheer, then you’ll want to read this retort from the man himself. Scheer decided to respond to Khosla by writing a rebuttal for CNET’s News.com. In a nutshull, he calls Khosla’s viewpoint naive, contradictory and an example of established forces trying to perpetuate the centralized power infrastructure that has served and made profitable a handful of the world’s biggest power suppliers. Scheer makes some solid points here — it will be interesting to see how — and if — Khosla replies.
Before you read Scheer’s reply, I do want you do read the following comment that Khosla posted on this blog: “I love PV and am invested in PV but don’t believe it can replace 50-100 per cent of coal… we need something that can match the scale and ‘utility requirements’ of coal at the price of coal-based electricity.”
Until cheaper, reliable and large-scale storage is available, this won’t happen with solar PV. I’m surprised that Scheer didn’t address this point in his reply. I think the debate between these two is not solar thermal power versus solar PV, but rather solar PV as a majority of the world’s power versus solar PV as a restricted minority player.