A skeptic looks at alternative energy

  title={A skeptic looks at alternative energy},
  author={Vaclav Smil},
  journal={IEEE Spectrum},
  • V. Smil
  • Published 21 June 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • IEEE Spectrum
In June 2004 the editor of an energy journal called to ask me to comment on a just-announced plan to build the world's largest photovoltaic electric generating plant. Where would it be, I asked-Arizona? Spain? North Africa? No, it was to be spread among three locations in rural Bavaria, southeast of Nuremberg. I said there must be some mistake. I grew up not far from that place, just across the border with the Czech Republic, and I will never forget those seemingly endless days of summer spent… 

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