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News » London Solar News » October 2010

October 2010

Volume I, Issue 4

In this issue

- Welcome

- Nuclear versus solar electricity

- Social networking

Welcome to the October 2010 edition of London Solar News, brought to you by SunTap Technologies. According to recent studies, solar electricity is now cheaper to produce than that from nuclear power. Our article this month explores the implications on our environment and our pocketbooks.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to shoot us an e-mail with any comments or questions to solar@suntaptechnologies.com. If you enjoyed this newsletter, forward it to your friends!

Cheers,

Tim and Mike

Nuclear versus solar electricity

A research study in North Carolina this past August announced that solar electricity (PV) systems are now cheaper to implement than building a nuclear power plant. This is a result of falling prices for PV collectors and the rising costs of constructing nuclear plants.

We receive an average of 1166* kWh/kW in London (according to data from Natural Resources Canada), which is not much less than the amount of solar energy potential in North Carolina. The study states that the cost crossover occurs at 16 ¢/kWh in North Carolina - in Ontario, a solar PV system produces energy at roughly 15.5 ¢/kWh, while nuclear costs 20.9 ¢/kWh (according to the Clean Air Alliance). The province would be better off spending money to ensure that every viable rooftop has a solar PV system instead of constructing new nuclear plants.

Economics aside, the environmental factor must be taken into consideration. Although nuclear does not produce much in the way of air pollution, there are serious questions surrounding the long-term effects of radioactive waste. Solar PV systems generate many times the amount of energy it takes to construct them and they are non-polluting.

All things considered, solar is the better choice over nuclear power.

 

*South-facing, tilted at latitude -15°

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