Affordable, effective solar energy still not here yet

Saltair – As well-meaning as Mr. Dix may be, he is talking about a pipe dream. Affordable, effective residential solar energy is at least a decade or a generation away at the coast – perhaps even much more.

In response to three questions, a local authority on solar energy answered thusly: Q1: Because we experience heavy, multilayer cloud cover at the coast, is solar energy practical?

A1: It probably is, given advances due to NASA technology although connection to the Hydro grid for low productivity periods would be required.

Q2: How many solar panels would be required for a residence to effectively

access solar energy?

A2: To achieve good results, a considerable number of panels [in Mr. Dix’s words, a “solar farm”].

Q3: What is the amortization period if one were to utilize solar energy?

A3: 25 years.

So, as surely as water runs downhill, our coastal location significantly reduces our ability to rely on solar energy and the cost of switching to it would take 25 years to amortize – not to mention the cost of the ever-predictable upgrades as well as the continued reliance on Hydro.

To Mr. Dix, no thank you. To Messrs. Kent and Lefebure, you should be doing your due diligence.

Pat Mulcahy

Saltair