Ur­gent need for “clean” en­ergy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views - Tim Hughes Park Road Peter­bor­ough

I’m glad that Carly Leonard was pleased with the suc­cess of PECT’s Green Fes­ti­val (‘A mas­sive thanks to our vol­un­teers’, Au­gust 25). Let’s hope that it served to con­vince more peo­ple of the need to take ac­tion on cli­mate change.

She will agree with me, I hope, that there is still a lack of joined-up think­ing in the de­bate on clean en­ergy pro­duc­tion.

If the coun­cil canof­fer­free so­lar panels to home-own­ers, why then do they not make bet­ter use of more prof­itable sites? There’s no short­age of them.

Con­sider, for ex­am­ple, the rail­way sys­tem.

All those lovely em­bank­ments and sid­ings just wait­ing to be use­ful, con­ve­niently fenced-off too! Has any­one made a proper study of such pos­si­bil­i­ties?

From the air one can see huge ex­panses of un­touched roof-space. Maybe not so eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, but not be­yond the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of a spe­cial­ist team with in­ge­nu­ity and the right equip­ment.

Why not create some pur­pose-built roofs?

Su­per­mar­ket car parks could be par­tially cov­ered with so­lar panels, hap­pily gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity in the day­time while pro­tect­ing shop­pers from the ele­ments.

Sim­i­larly, a canopy of panels at street-light level would be handy for ur­ban pedes­tri­ans in wet weather.

There is no need yet, please, to use farm­land, and I am glad the coun­cil’s scheme was aban­doned.

Farm­land should be for cows, but­ter­cups and sky­larks. Let us put up our panel sin the ar­eas we have al­ready stolen from na­ture.

As I gasp and choke in the fume-filled street so four‘ en­vi­ron­ment cap­i­tal’ I shall have fin­gers crossed for our Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust and for the Peter­bor­ough in Tran­si­tion group.

Some i mag­i­na­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion is ur­gently re­quired or we will be left be­hind in the so­lar/hy­dro­gen rev­o­lu­tion.

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