RENEWABLE ENERGY: Lesley Hughes and Tim Flannery in Bundaberg to launch their latest report.
RENEWABLE ENERGY: Lesley Hughes and Tim Flannery in Bundaberg to launch their latest report. Mike Knott BUN090816CLIMATE1

LETTER: Solar panels

IT IS all very well for environmentalist Tim Flannery to be talking up the benefits of a solar panels and renewable energy future when the underlying cost of same is being borne by those who for whatever reason cannot have panels installed.

Let's face it, the panels and associated equipment, no matter how subsidised, are not without major initial cost and as yet have not proven themselves not needing maintenance or time factor replacement.

Personally, I am all for solar installation; however the problems associated with installation in an apartment preclude ourselves.

Then there are others both living rural or urban dwellers who through reason of lacking necessary wealth or perhaps rental tenancy etc., find it either impracticable to install or pay the initial cost.

Indeed, that is where as is said, "the rubber hits the road” because they/we are forced via exclusion to fund and pay excessive power price rates based on preserving the still much required base load electricity system.

In short, we for practicability of installation and more specifically others with a lesser ability to pay the initial cost, are heavily subsidising the wealthier solar-panelled fraternity who still must have for any number of reasons, the existing power lines and base load facility.

Clearly for some, "all that solar glitter is not gold”.



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