I’ve read Graham Downie’s excellent arcticle in the Canberra Times regarding the almost useless and expensive solar power system we Canberran’s have been stuck with.
At peak radiation times, not even 1% of power is generated by solar. And during peak demands, on cold nights, yes Sherlock, it’s 0%, not doubt due to the slackness of the sun having a few hours off.
For this hippy, green tinged, good feeling, all us lower class subjects of the ACT are charged $50 a year. That money flows right into the pockets of the yuppies who had the spare cash to lash out on these things.
Using a back of the envelope calculation of $5k per system; the ten thousand systems in the ACT cost us $50 million dollars to install and an ongoing $5 million per year to subsidise.
I’m annoyed. This money and effort could have been spent on more worthwhile facilities.