I’m far from an EE, but I’ll bet someone told Edison (and Bell) he was nuts — or what he produced was too expensive, too. I recently spoke with a CEO of a major energy producer and got some background — his company is huge on nukes and natural gas, but has growing investments in wind and solar.
The biggest problem with solar, as I understand it and now that prices of panels are coming down, is storing energy produced those X hours each day. (Assuming the LV is not too gloomy with its common cloud-cast and short days for good solar.) Now think of your first cellphone battery compared to the one you have now.
It would be nice for Lehigh professors and students to be finding solutions to the challenges you rightly posed.
That’s why football is so important at our academic institution?!