Why So Many Solar and Wind Farms?

I think I might have just stumbled onto the reason why we have so many Wind and Solar farms in my area.

We have a very large, and soon to be larger still, Natural Gas Power Plant. I was reading into whats involved with there energy production (You know, the stuff you do on Thursday night).

Well it would seem Natural Gas plants are faster at turning on and off than coal, oil, or nuclear plants.

The simple cycle is simpler but less efficient than the combined cycle. However, simple cycle plants are able to dispatch faster than coal-fired power plants or nuclear plants. This means they can be turned on or off faster in order to meet societies electricity needs.[4] Often needed on the grid with wind power and solar power, its purpose is to meet the fluctuating electricity needs of society, known as peaking power

I don’t know if this is why, but it makes sense in my head. 🙂

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