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News » London Solar News » June 2011

June 2011

Volume II, Issue 5

In this issue

- Welcome

- 'X on the Beach'

- The cost of not going green

- Featured product - solar pool heating

- Social networking

Summer has finally arrived! Welcome to the June 2011 edition of London Solar News™, brought to you by SunTap Technologies. Today is the 21st of June, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Our first first article this month is the second part of a series on the costs of not going green. There is also a link to an interview with Mike Bloxam that aired on 106.9 The X.

Thank you for reading, and feel free to send us an e-mail with any comments or questions at If you enjoyed this newsletter, forward it to your friends!

Sunny regards,

Mike and Tim
Founders of SunTap Technologies Inc.

'X on the Beach'

X on the Beach, a radio program on 106.9 The X, recently aired an interview with SunTap co-owner Mike Bloxam. The link may be found below, with Mike's interview starting at the 6m48s mark:

The cost of not going green

The media has recently been focussing on higher electricity rates in Ontario, supposedly as a result of implementing green energy. This fear-mongering has been furthered by the political agenda of some political parties for the purpose of simply getting elected. Let’s look at a few facts.

First, we know that past and current electricity rates have been subsidized through taxes, so the real cost is not known to the average person. In addition to the unrealized costs listed in the first part of this series, are the costs of new nuclear builds and refurbishing. In June 2006, the Ontario energy
minister announced $46 billion for re-builds. The estimated cost to refurbish Bruce Nuclear was $2.4 billion (for 2009 completion), and now stands at $5.9 billion, with an estimated 2012 completion date. The average over-run cost for nuclear projects is 150% of the estimated cost. There is also talk about a possible $25 billion storage facility for nuclear waste, with an annual operating cost of $500 million. Then there’s the possible cost of a nuclear accident. In 2008, the federal government contributed $1.38 billion to the oil and gas industries.

Now let’s look at what happening with green energy. The electrical power grid is outdated and not capable of handling large sources of energy from new technologies. It is basically set up for a few continuous power sources such as hydroelectric and nuclear. A prime example is the power outage that crippled Ontario a few years ago. The blackout of 2003 was caused by a problem in Ohio since there were no mechanisms in place to protect the Ontario power grid. This is one of the reasons why utilities and politicians want to have nuclear instead of green energy: it's easy and they don’t have to do anything. It is true that adding green energy will create the need for improvements and upgrades to the grid, but so will the increased demand as a result of our insatiable appetite for electricity and the lack of focus on conservation.

A recent article published in The Globe & Mail, titled Ontario energy regulator blamed for jump in hydro bills (Friday, September 24, 2010) written by Karen Howlett, outlines how the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is now allowing Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Hydro One, and Toronto Hydro to bill consumers 100% of upfront costs for future building of projects, and also allows for utilities to make a return on equity of 9.85% for this year, while doing so. Costs used to be spread out over a number of years after a project or upgrade was completed; however, with this new plan, these costs will show up immediately on the consumer’s utility bill.

So before bashing green energy and spreading fear of higher electricity prices, we need to realize that we are already paying huge amounts of money for these other sources of electricity because we are not using green energy.

Featured product: solar pool heating

Solar pool heating is the most cost-effective method of heating your pool at a cost of under 2¢ per kWh. Solar pool heaters are designed to replace the need for a gas heater or electric heat-pump, plus you can add two months to your pool season with free heat from the sun.

If you or someone you know is looking to purchase a pool heater this season, consider the following:

Fuel type Natural gas Electricity


Approximate fuel cost for pool season $1000 to $1300 $1300 to $1500 $0
Approximate cost of pool heating unit + installation $2800 to $3200 $2300 to $3500 $3500 to $5500
Total cost for first season of heating $3800 to $4500 $3600 to $5000 $3500 to $5500
Estimated lifetime of pool heater 5 to 10 years 5 to 15 years 25 years

Compared to natural gas or electricity, a solar pool heater will pay for itself in less than 2 years. To get a warmer pool this summer, solar is definitely the way to go!


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