By Letter to the Editor on November 26, 2019.
I’ve noticed a lack of local information or news items concerning what appears to be a plethora of solar panel farms popping up in Alberta, Canada and throughout the world. Southern Alberta is a prime target apparently for any entrepreneur willing to acquire land, funding and licences to construct one of these so-called farms.
What are the pros and cons of these land-devouring monstrosities? There was an article entitled “Hazards of Solar Farms” on the internet recently that was interesting. Just what is the other side of the “let’s promote green” theory?
Hundreds of acres of prairie grassland are on the verge of being raped in the name of green energy. What about the deer, owls, raptors, rattlesnakes, foxes, antelope and other creatures that call the Prairies home? What happens to the prairie grasses? It has even been a long time since I’ve heard the song of meadowlarks.
And then, what about the quality of life of those families living in the vicinity of these “farms”?
Medicine Hat recently pulled the plug on their multi-million-dollar attempt at going green. The returns were not worth the expense. A reason for abandoning their solar structure was lack of sufficient sunshine. The Hat gets more sunshine than any other area in the province.
I feel that common sense needs to prevail before any more of these so-called farms has the go-ahead for construction in any location in Alberta.