LETTER: Solar garden needs more sun

From reader Verne Bystrom...

Solar power is only economically competitive in hot sunny geographic locations where peak power consumption is for air conditioning, like the southern US.

Nelson’s peak power consumption is in the dark days of winter when Nelson’s solar garden will produce negligible amounts of electricity.

Kimberley’s $5.3 million Sun Mine project was subsidized by $3.3 million so Tech Cominco could relinquish its responsibility of the mine site. This site receives much more sun than our solar garden site, but, without the enormous subsidy, the electricity produced would likely cost double or triple our current rates.

Another argument in support of solar power locally is that Germany has a similar climate and they are embracing solar power. A quick Google shows that the cost of electricity in Germany is close to the highest in the world and is three times what we pay in Canada.

Can you afford to pay three times as much for electricity, especially when we already have low cost “GREEN” Hydro electricity in BC?

In recent years, BC has upgraded and expanded our hydro turbines simply because it is some of the lowest cost greenest electricity. Give your heads a shake, wake up, do some research.

I feel sorry for the people that invested in the Solar Garden fiasco, but I am incensed that all of the Nelson Hydro customers are having to subsidize this fiasco without their consent and likely without their knowledge.

If you can manage to wade through the 48 page City of Nelson Community Solar Garden Project Plan, you will find this project is subsidized by Nelson Hydro by at least $75,000.

Instead of throwing that money away, maybe Nelson Hydro should have donated it to the food banks or some other worthy cause.

Verne Bystrom, Nelson

Just Posted

Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts

Syringa fire prompts evacuation alerts plus HWY 3 closure and U.S. fire crosses into B.C.

Evacuation alert for Syringa and Deer Park

The Syringa Creek Fire grew Saturday resulting in evacuation alerts.

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Smoke scraps MS Bike Challenge

The annual fundraising event cancelled its cycling Saturday because of poor air quality

Bent On Art Festival gives Kootenay Pride a creative outlet

The festival runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 2 during Pride festivities

VIDEO: Auto repair shop celebrates Nelson mural festival

A painting by Barry Overn at Downtown Automotive turned heads at the festival opening.

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

In response to the Pennsylvania report, Francis labeled the misconduct “crimes”

Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

The pilot project provides seasonal workers with up to five more weeks of benefits

Trump rages on Mueller following Times report

Trump takes to Twitter calling Robert Mueller “disgraced and discredited”

BC Wildfire crew rescues lost puppies

They were just leaving the Monashee Complex of fires when they found the cutest creatures.

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

IndyCar driver Wickens flown to hospital after scary crash

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

Most Read