LETTER: Back-up system of solar panels worth another look


It’s during such times as our recent extreme weather, thus boosted power consumption, that I’ll think about every structure independently harvesting solar energy via roof panels as an emergency/backup power storage system.

Albeit, the idea likely would be opposed by various corporate interests.

If solar-panel universality would come at the profit-margin expense of the traditional energy production companies, one can expect obstacles, including the political and regulatory sort.

If it notably conflicts with corporate big-profit interests, even very progressive motions are greatly resisted, often enough successfully.

Of course there will be those who will rebut the concept, perhaps solely on the notion that if it were possible it would have been done already and made a few people very rich.

Regardless, it may no longer be prudent to have every structure’s entire electricity supply relying on external power lines that are susceptible to being crippled by unforeseen events, including storms of unprecedented magnitude, especially considering our very vulnerable over-reliance on electricity.

Also, coronal mass ejections’ powerful EMF effects leave electrical grids vulnerable to potentially extensive damage and long-lasting power outages.

Frank Sterle Jr., White Rock

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