Let’s put solar farm in CBD
THE Barneson Boulevard project has been the subject of strong opposition, largely on the grounds of the conflict between preservation of our unique history and the ever-increasing domination of our lives by the motor vehicle.
Much of the land involved was originally the tank farm and there are serious concerns that developing a residential complex will result in toxic dust during construction and possibly continuing pollution of the soil as a health hazard to residents.
Businesses that move out of the CBD because of high costs and climate warming will mean that there will be increasing costs in airconditioning. Rather than offering profits on a plate to a developer – cost to the public to be known further down the track as problems emerge, what about this?
Cover the area with suitably impervious material – topped with suitable soil, raising the level to ensure rising water levels do not impinge on the site – and construct a solar farm.
Replace oil as a dirty fuel source with a clean energy source and reduce costs of power. Given our abundant sunshine, it might also be possible to establish a thermal solar generator to provide 24-hour power supplies.
Planning for future change is an imperative and we are only custodians of the environment for our descendants. Rosemary Jacob,