More wind and solar

More wind and solar

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To the Editor:

On August 4, 2004, Tisbury Police paid $1, 421.28 for electricity consumed during the prior month, paying 6.323 cents per kilowatt hour for the cost of generated electricity. During the summer of 2005, hurricane Katrina wiped out a significant portion of the fuel production capacity in the Gulf of Mexico (oil and natural gas drilling rigs) which had to be replaced. In 2006, the Tisbury Police cost of generated electricity more than doubled to 13.369 cents per kilowatt hour.

Professor James Manwell, a recognized leader in wind energy, calculated that electricity can be generated from a hypothetical wind farm, similar to the one proposed for Horseshoe Shoal, at between 6.4 and 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

As we continue to reach for our goal of becoming a “Renewable Energy Island,” as voted by all six Island towns several years ago, we will have to draw more, both from the sun and the wind, to meet our renewable energy needs. More solar canopies on parking lots, as well as farm wind turbines, such as those located at both the Morning Glory and Allen Farm, should be encouraged, not discouraged.

Being able to “plug in” at Cronig’s solar canopy, which Paul Pimental claims will save him $4,500 in seven years, along with wind turbines, will enable “year rounder’s” to live more sustainably.

As we continue to reach for our goal of becoming a “Renewable Energy Island,” as voted by all six island towns several years ago, we will have to draw more, both from the sun and the wind, to meet our renewable energy needs. More solar canopies on parking lots as well as farm wind turbines, such as those located at both the Morning Glory and Allen Farms should be encouraged, not discouraged.

Peter Cabana

Vineyard Haven

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