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alternative energy

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On our recent trip to Ontario, we were intrigued to see how much use is made of alternative energy sources.

Especially in the windy area of Lake Huron, there were many wind turbines.  Watching the blades turn is quite mesmerizing. We saw at least one protest sign about wind energy in a farm-yard, so we know there is some resistance to wind power or the way it is managed.

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Solar power is also being used throughout southern Ontario. Many farms had large solar panels and we saw one extensive installation with hundreds of solar panels. These panels are mechanized so they “follow the sun”!

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I know there are economic, environmental, and social issues with use of wind and solar energy, but my thoughts are these:

wind turbines and solar panels alter the look of the landscape, but so do houses and other buildings

diversification seems to me to be a secure approach to ensuring energy for the future

if our society demands energy, there are consequences — we should be willing to use wind and sun as sources and work out any problems

careful evaluation of the environmental and social costs should be part of decision-making

I am so proud of human innovation when it comes to solving our problems!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

October 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

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  1. I enjoy seeing them out on open farm land, but don’t think I would want one close to my house. I’ve read that they make a humming sound that can be bothersome.

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    Rebecca

    October 16, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    • I have heard about this also. So much of acceptability depends on location! I also understand there are issues with bats and their ecology/ health.

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      jane tims

      October 16, 2017 at 9:03 pm


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