Letter: Political will needed to keep people warm

People rich or poor should not have to fear the cost of electricity

Tom Mommsen organized a bulk buying of photovoltaic panels for 15 homeowners on Galiano Island. Peter Nix organized a bulk order of 720 solar panels for homeowners in the Cowichan Valley — it’s clear that these men have initiative, know the power of bulk buying, and will not be facing upcoming price increases by B.C. Hydro.

People rich or poor should not have to fear the cost of electricity. People should not suffer frostbite in their own homes, which happened to a 97-yearold woman in Penticton. $400 to heat a 740 square foot house? Preposterous.

We don’t need endless studies to cloud the issue. We need political will. How on earth can we have the gall to call our city a forward-thinking, exciting place to move to? Okanagan College is a building to be very proud of, for sure, and maybe they can help with bulk buying and instruction. They are true leaders in our community: they really care about our environment and what they do demonstrates that they are not all talk and no action.

Come on Penticton. Come on city council. With political will we can get this city, for rich and poor people, warm and bright. And that’s technology.

Lynn Greene


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