Solar power ‘farms’ call

First published in Letters by

IT HAS been interesting to read recently about the arguments for building nuclear power stations. That we suffer from a shortage of power in this country is undeniable. To me, nuclear is not an option, for two main reasons.

Nuclear fuel uranium is mined in areas of political instability, and therefore supplies cannot be guaranteed. Secondly, we cannot keep on finding places to bury nuclear waste, which remains toxic for perhaps thousands of years – not the best legacy to bequeath to future generations.

So the answer has to be the exploration of alternative renewable sources of energy; that much seems obvious.

For example, much is made of solar panels for heating individual properties – the government even provides grants or tax relief to encourage this. Why, therefore, has no plan been put forth for a series of solar panel “farms” throughout the country? Perhaps on disused airfields, or alongside the many miles of every single motorway, they could be in many places without impinging upon the areas of natural beauty.

No single renewable source can ever be entirely satisfactory, but several working in concert might suffice.

Lee Maloney, Millfield Avenue, York.

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2:11pm Fri 4 Jan 13

strangebuttrue? says...

Lee Maloney said:
'That we suffer from a shortage of power in this country is undeniable'

Why when was the last time your lights went out due to a power shortage?
Lee Maloney said: 'That we suffer from a shortage of power in this country is undeniable' Why when was the last time your lights went out due to a power shortage? strangebuttrue?
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5:20pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Mulgrave says...

This would be preferable to the current situation where the visual amenity of many houses is being ruined by plastering the roofs with solar panels.

Solar tiles in a quality new build design should be encouraged, but are conspicuous by their absence in York, presumably on the grounds of cost.

It shouldn't be difficult to raise funds from those contemplating panels for their own roof and makes more sense than each individual being responsible for maintenance and evenual de-commissioning, and may save some from actually devaluing their owm property.
This would be preferable to the current situation where the visual amenity of many houses is being ruined by plastering the roofs with solar panels. Solar tiles in a quality new build design should be encouraged, but are conspicuous by their absence in York, presumably on the grounds of cost. It shouldn't be difficult to raise funds from those contemplating panels for their own roof and makes more sense than each individual being responsible for maintenance and evenual de-commissioning, and may save some from actually devaluing their owm property. Mulgrave
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8:07pm Fri 4 Jan 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

First the energy shortage: Despite several critical warnings when the country was running short of gas during the deep freeze of December 2010; we haven't yet had all the lights go out.
Despite these warnings the UK still has a pathetically small gas storage capacity and consequently lack the ability to buy in large supplies at the lowest price. There is no incentive for the big 6 when they can just pass on the extra cost. Not good for business either.
The dash for gas during the Thatcher / Major years' has not helped.
But it is from next March and certainly next winter we will be in big trouble. This is self inflicted by politicians and Eco warriors acting on your behalf but not necessarily in your interest. Five coal fired power stations are scheduled to shut down next March, leaving a big hole in the grid with almost no spare capacity! For some reason there is a fascination with decarbonising, as if this will save the planet, as they say?
Renewables such as hydro certainly do work. In fact Solar panels work too but as far North as the UK it is rather like trying to grow Pineapple's in the Arctic. At the time you need most energy, these things give you the least. Again, if that is what some people want then it is for them BUT it is for all of us when the tax payer and utility bill payer is paying a subsidy to support this low carbon myth.
First the energy shortage: Despite several critical warnings when the country was running short of gas during the deep freeze of December 2010; we haven't yet had all the lights go out. Despite these warnings the UK still has a pathetically small gas storage capacity and consequently lack the ability to buy in large supplies at the lowest price. There is no incentive for the big 6 when they can just pass on the extra cost. Not good for business either. The dash for gas during the Thatcher / Major years' has not helped. But it is from next March and certainly next winter we will be in big trouble. This is self inflicted by politicians and Eco warriors acting on your behalf but not necessarily in your interest. Five coal fired power stations are scheduled to shut down next March, leaving a big hole in the grid with almost no spare capacity! For some reason there is a fascination with decarbonising, as if this will save the planet, as they say? Renewables such as hydro certainly do work. In fact Solar panels work too but as far North as the UK it is rather like trying to grow Pineapple's in the Arctic. At the time you need most energy, these things give you the least. Again, if that is what some people want then it is for them BUT it is for all of us when the tax payer and utility bill payer is paying a subsidy to support this low carbon myth. ColdAsChristmas
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8:37am Sat 5 Jan 13

Richard Feynman says...

Australia and Canada (the top two reserves of uranium ore in the world by nation state) are areas of political instability?

Huh.

Nuclear waste (of which current and next-generation reactors produce little or none at all) is a big problem?

Double huh.

Well, this aimed-at-children-Gr
eenpeace-press-relea
se-circa-1982 line of reasoning certainly has me convinced.

Nuts to nuclear power. Let's build solar panels.

And windmills.

Say, I wonder what the process by which the Sun produces energy is. Eh, prolly not important.
Australia and Canada (the top two reserves of uranium ore in the world by nation state) are areas of political instability? Huh. Nuclear waste (of which current and next-generation reactors produce little or none at all) is a big problem? Double huh. Well, this aimed-at-children-Gr eenpeace-press-relea se-circa-1982 line of reasoning certainly has me convinced. Nuts to nuclear power. Let's build solar panels. And windmills. Say, I wonder what the process by which the Sun produces energy is. Eh, prolly not important. Richard Feynman
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7:48pm Sat 5 Jan 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Correct Richard. Interestingly Japan have announced that they are going to build new nuclear reactors and they are in a severe earthquake zone!
Japan has little or no natural resources of their own and so nuclear is just common sense. They must have let the hysteria subside and taken a reality check.
I just wish we would here and at least extend the life of those five coal power stations and associated jobs.
Never mind 100 months to save the planet. (Prince Charles) By my calculation there are only 59 months left, then what? Tipping point?
If we can just get out from the grip of carbon phobics we might just save the lights and with that the planet too.
Correct Richard. Interestingly Japan have announced that they are going to build new nuclear reactors and they are in a severe earthquake zone! Japan has little or no natural resources of their own and so nuclear is just common sense. They must have let the hysteria subside and taken a reality check. I just wish we would here and at least extend the life of those five coal power stations and associated jobs. Never mind 100 months to save the planet. (Prince Charles) By my calculation there are only 59 months left, then what? Tipping point? If we can just get out from the grip of carbon phobics we might just save the lights and with that the planet too. ColdAsChristmas
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8:06pm Sat 5 Jan 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Correction! It's worse than we thought!!!!
Actually there are only 47 months left to save the world!
I don't think even Flash Gordon can save us now......
Correction! It's worse than we thought!!!! Actually there are only 47 months left to save the world! I don't think even Flash Gordon can save us now...... ColdAsChristmas
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