Letter: More research into solar power needed

Fossils are the past and solar is the future

I was happy to read a letter (Penticton Western News, April 18, It’s time to talk about solar power) regarding solar power. Thank you.

I agree Penticton should be doing more to research the long-term alternative of solar. It is good that the mayor is getting together with Summerland with perhaps a small sounding endeavour. A start with what I hope is more to come.

Nearly two years ago I wrote to Richard Cannings regarding solar power, suggesting the City of Penticton and Penticton Indian Band should work together to attract the solar panel manufacturing industry. I regret that Penticton may be left dragging its heels in this regard and will become yet another city left having to play catch-up while others use innovation. I would like to see new requirements for developers to include a specific percentage of new builds to include solar in new apartments and condos. As well, a percentage of units aimed at economically priced rents with rent controls built in. Affordable? Whatever affordable means, convenient description for most politicians. Mandatory — because no corporation or industry that I know of in Canada is open to any voluntary suggestion.

I find it interesting that street smart China still requires fossil fuels but at the same time leads the world in solar production. We have to think of the future. Long term and full time employment and training. Our last premier, unfortunately, stuck to fossil thinking with LNG. Even with her gone, we now have fossil pipelines about to be built. Fossils are the past and solar is the future. As many are aware which will become more affordable as the industry grows, even selling to grid any extra.

So, could Penticton, together with the PIB (they have the land), attract manufacturing a solar industry to our area, providing training and apprenticeships in the manufacturing of panels, installation of panels? Let’s become one of the solar leaders instead of fossil followers.

We will also need help from federal and provincial governments with regards to incentives such a start up grants and research, so it will become reality and not just something to talk about.

Mavis Close


Just Posted

Here’s your first look at Penticton’s proposed budget for 2019

The city is recommending a 3.6 per cent tax increase, additional increase to business tax multiplier

Businesses directly impacted by Hwy. 97 closure

Members of the Penticton Wine Country Chamber of Commerce faced late deliveries. no staff, etc.

Penticton Vees shut down by Merritt Centennials on Feb. 15

The Vees now host the Langley Riverment tonight at the SOEC

Vote for your favourite Penticton photo

Over 700 photos were submitted to the Snap Your City photo contest.

Mental Wellness Centre to hold launch event for 8th annual Walk to Defeat Depression

The launch happens on Feb. 20 at the centre, will be discussing the walk scheduled for May 25

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Drive BC warning slippery conditions for Okanagan main highways

The region is forecasted to see flurries and snow for the first half of the weekend

Most Read