Solar Power for all Saskatchewan households

A recent poll has shown that nuclear power doesn’t have majority support in Saskatchewan, and I think that’s fine. My own family has mixed attitudes toward it. My parents, who own 17 solar panels, wouldn’t mind seeing nuclear power in Saskatchewan, while I oppose the waste-producing nuclear technology available today.

A 2010 study by the CCPA shows “nuclear power has the potential to triple current electricity rates for Saskatchewan consumers.” If we’re going to pay more than we do for Estevan’s coal and Manitoba’s hydro, I want us to invest in solar power.

The massive Ivanpah solar power facility that opened this year for California consumers should be considered as an option for sunny and vast Saskatchewan. Smaller solar plants such as this type could be constructed with mostly Saskatchewan and Canadian materials, knowledge, and labour. Built at the 3 year pace set by California, we could jump to having solar power overtake some fossil fuels as our electricity provider, before 2020.

Given that there are about 410,000 households in Saskatchewan, we’d need about 3 Ivanpah style solar power plants to provide electricity to every home in the province. We can do it, and we should.

9 responses to “Solar Power for all Saskatchewan households

  1. You probably wouldn’t even need that many if every new home built in SK from here on in had geothermal heat. For smaller homes built at the same time, just do one installation for 2 -3 homes. Should work. The ground in much of the province is perfect for it.

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  3. http://www.leaderpost.com/business/energy/Opinion+Saskatchewan+uranium+mine+costly+legacy/10843651/story.html
    “Fifty years after the Gunnar uranium mine and mill on the north shore of Lake Athabasca ceased operating, Saskatchewan is faced with huge environmental liabilities.

    Driven by a government of Canada decision to supply uranium to the United States Atomic Energy Commission for military purposes, uranium ore was mined and milled at the Gunnar site from 1955 to 1963.

    All the Gunnar uranium was sold for the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

    However, the haunting legacy of Gunnar doesn’t stop there. The area around the site remains badly polluted from mining and milling operations. Minimal decommissioning took place when the operation closed down, and the cost of cleanup is now an ongoing burden to Saskatchewan taxpayers.

    In 2006, the governments of Saskatchewan and Canada entered into an agreement to equally share the cost of remediating the site, estimated at that time to total $24.6 million – $12.3 million for each level of government.

    However, as it often happens, the costs have spiralled. The remediation task has proven far more complex than originally anticipated. To date, $60 million has been spent, mostly by Saskatchewan. Regrettably, the federal government has not signalled a willingness to pick up any of these extra costs.

    Moreover, the most challenging parts of the cleanup and remediation work at Gunnar still remain to be done. These include dealing with a 100-metre deep, heavily contaminated, waterfilled and mined-out pit that’s very near the shore of Lake Athabasca. […]”

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