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Letter: The solar industry

I am responding to the Coal to Solar editorial from May 31. I would like to run a business where I get the government to pay 40 percent of the cost of my product — in this case the least reliable, most expensive alternative out there. That would be very nice, but even better, in addition, if the competition was forced to provide the support system for my inferior product.

If solar energy had to stand on its own — no subsidies, no special deals and, most importantly, no “grid” that supplies the energy and takes the place of a storage system when a cloud passes by — the “comparison” offered by the editorial would look like the comic relief it is.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for solar. Let the brave souls who are so sure that this is the future go off the grid and off the government handouts. Report back in a couple of years and we can get on with providing energy to everyone at a price they can afford.

Randy Nielsen

Murray