My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, September 04, 2008

And, the inefficiency of solar panels....

Both solar and wind power just aren't economical....
SOLAR PANELS are one of the least cost-effective ways of combating climate change and will take 100 years to pay back their installation costs, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) warned yesterday.

In a new guide on energy efficiency, Rics said that roof panels for heating water and generating power are unlikely to save enough from bills to make them financially viable in a householder's lifetime. In the case of solar panels to heat water for baths and showers, the institution estimates the payback time from money saved from electricity and gas bills will take more than 100 years - and up to 166 years in the worst case.

Photovoltaic (PV) panels for power - and domestic, mast-mounted wind turbines -will take between 50 and 100 years to pay back.

Given that the devices have a maximum lifetime of 30 years, they are never likely to recoup the 3,000 to 20,000 cost of their installation, according to Rics' building cost information service. Instead, it suggested people wanting to cut fuel bills should insulate lofts and cavity walls, install efficient light bulbs and seal windows.


Blogger Strong Conservative said...

Someone needs to tell T Boone and the Green Shirts that you can't run an electrical grid off wind and solar, they can be used as supplements only because the wind don't always blow and the sun don't always shine.

12:57 PM  
Blogger daryl552007 said...

For me Solar Energy as an alternative is really a good thing.

Solar Power really helps a lot and would definitely make the future look sunny. :)

If properly installed, renewable energy systems could help reduce the effects of Climate Change and Global Warming.
I know of another company that was among the first to provide engineered solar thermal and solar electric solutions to

customers in Eastern Ontario.

In its first seven years of operation, this company celebrated several key achievements including the completion of over

100 solar electric and solar thermal installations and the displacement of more than 300 tonnes of green house gases.

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4:23 AM  

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