Steve Milloy of JunkScience: "Solar costs have been falling because of:
1. Coal burning in China 2. Slave labor in China 3. Taxpayer subsidies in the US."
"It will be forced to claim that it does 'ethical sourcing' in China." ... "Somebody is lying somewhere. WaPo reports 'nearly the entire supply of solar-grade polysilicon' depends on Xinjiang slave labor. But the US solar industry says less than $150 million of the $8 billion in solar panels imported in 2020 came from slave labor in China."
Francis Menton: "At the preposterous end of the scale we have the claim that the fashionable 'renewable' sources of electric power, wind and solar, are actually cheaper than fossil fuels to generate electricity...I call this claim preposterous because the fundamental deception is so obvious that you would think that no one of any intelligence could possibly fall for it. And yet you have undoubtedly read numerous articles in the past few years asserting that wind and solar-generated electricity is now as cheap or cheaper than electricity from natural gas or coal. To make the claim, the promoters of wind and solar simply omit from their calculations the single biggest part of the cost of those sources. That would the cost of intermittency, otherwise known as the cost of providing sufficient backup or storage to run a stable electrical grid while generation from the wind and sun fluctuates wildly. (As wind and solar become a bigger and bigger part of power generation on the grid, the cost of necessary backup and/or storage could easily multiply the cost of electricity by a factor of five or more."