I was amused to find this article (in German, unfortunately!) which claims to have unearthed a new and interesting “Spanish practice”.
You may or may not be aware that in order to encourage people to provide “renewable energy”, EU governments have decreed massive “feed-in” subsidies for preferred energy types. This means that if you have, for example, solar panels generating more electricity than you need, they will pay you a generous sum if you will feed your excess back into the grid. The sum is so generous, that it actually pays people to (I am not making this up!) direct their home lights at the solar cells to generate energy when the sun will is not bright enough. So, people are simply running their home lights onto the solar panels when it’s cloudy or the sun is not fully up, and it’s still worth their while.
Of course, they wouldn’t have been caught if they hadn’t been insanely greedy:
… it was established during inspections that several solar power plants were generating current and feeding it into the net at night. To simulate a larger installation capacity, the perpetrators connected diesel generators.
In other words, the feed-in tariff was so good, they could afford to buy diesel generators and run them, pretending that the power was coming from their solar cells. Generating power in a terribly inefficient manner, and coining it in the name of saving the planet. With taxpayer money.
When will people actually say “enough is enough”, I wonder?
*Spanish Solar Swindle
- Scamming “Green Energy” – Spanish Style — Behind Blue Lines
- April 14, 2010 at 15:24