Power out? Use green energy
Re. Tim Kaczmarek's letter “Green technology vs. Sandy” (Nov. 21), about the supposed limitations of solar- and wind-produced energy: I'd like to share some thoughts about preparedness.
I've been using solar panels for emergency power for the last decade and also have a generator. If I had to give up one, I'd give up the generator. When a major storm knocks out power, it's hard to find gas.
Does it serve my family for me to drive around in a disaster looking to fill a five-gallon gas can? I think my time and effort are more valuable cleaning up and fixing my property.
A thunderstorm peeled back my barn roof in 2010, while my ground-racked solar panels survived unharmed. My AC power inverters run 24 hours a day with zero downtime.
Because of fuel shortages in Afghanistan, the U.S. military has invested in the same type of battery-based solar electricity I use. You can argue all day about how much “green” energy we should invest in as a nation. Trust me, that same technology used with battery-based power conversion is the best help you can get in a disaster. It runs when nothing else will.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.