Dirty energy industry against solar progress

North Cowichan – It seems whenever Peter Nix is active, or not, there is someone to criticize or belittle what he’s trying to do.

If you were to do an investigative report into why solar costs are prohibitive, the op-ed might have been more informative, thus more interesting.

In talking to electricians that have tried to market solar affordably, they’ve run into severe opposition on the federal, provincial, and local levels.

The hydro, coal, natural gas, and oil industries fight tooth and nail against solar while posting their pro-green propaganda in mainstream media.

The problem is just as bad, or even worse, in the U.S. If there were tighter CO2 regulations, solar would grow quicker, for example.

So, energy sectors do everything possible to lessen regulations, which enables them to continue to dominate.

That’s why we hear there needs to be a governmental push to get the solar thing moving, because the government is supposed to be representative of the people, who want the solar alternative.

But alas, it is the dirty energy industry that has the greatest voice in this debate, no contest.

It’s poor little Peter Nix against the established order of dirty energy while getting little or no support locally, let alone provincially or federally.

You go Peter. Locally, you’re the only one I know of doing anything significant in this area. Kudos to you and your efforts, past, present, and future.

I agree with the op-ed in that something needs to be done to get the costs down, but was disappointed that no reasons were given why costs continue to be prohibitive.

A few simple interviews of electricians and solar entrepreneurs that have tried to market solar would have been instructive.

Daniel Ferreira

North Cowichan