Consumerism, Economics, Energy Systems, Global Dimming, Global Warming/Climate Change, Society, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton & Loss, peak oil — by Chris McLeod April 21, 2011
The series, A Solar Powered Life, is intended for those that have an interest in the generation and storage of electricity using solar panels. I’ve tried to write the series in such a way that it is accessible for everybody and not just for those that are technically minded. By the end of the series, if people have followed all of the parts, then they should walk away with a fair understanding of how a small scale independent solar power system works (in the real world), what components are required, and, even more importantly, why those components are required. This is pretty handy information.
I’m certainly not pushing products on anyone and solar power is certainly not for everybody. I also have no affiliations with any company or group etc. I am also discussing the limitations of solar electricity generation.
However, in discussing solar power, it is impossible to not touch upon current issues relating to energy in general. These issues impact all of us to a greater or lesser extent. There are many people that for a variety of reasons are highly sensitive to these issues and are highly critical of solar power. In fact it would be fair to say that some of the comments that I have received on the above-mentioned series are ideologically driven.
This series of articles is not really the forum with which to discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of solar power systems. I would prefer that the comments should really be directed at the contents of the article or they should relate to the general direction of the series.
The reason I write this point is because, obviously, I support solar power and the decentralisation of the electricity grid to increase our societies’ future resilience. In addition to this, I walk the talk in my own life, in more ways too, than the simple production and storage of solar powered electricity.
It’s not my intention to muffle debate about these issues, because, as I previously stated, the issues are important and should be discussed. However, as I am wanting to educate interested people on solar electricity, I do not want my articles to be the forum for raising ideological issues.
To this end, I would suggest that people who are inclined to debate the relative merits or pitfalls of solar power (including their ideological concerns), put their comments in this article only – The Ideological Debate (Part VI of A Solar Powered Life). I will respond to all comments and am more than happy to debate all comers on these issues as I can see that there are many misconceptions or myths surrounding solar power. Each response will be given a heading, so there shouldn’t be any repeats.
The only guidelines I would request from commenters is to state what country you are from as solar power generation is obviously not suitable for all countries. It will help me to put my response to you in context.
I will redirect all comments in future articles which are outside the scope of the particular article or series to this particular article.
So, if you have concerns about solar power, this is the place to raise them in the comments section here. Now let the debate begin….Comments (58)