Friday, 23 December 2016

The Road to Solar - No, it's a Solar Road!

The sheer stupidity of some people is a constant source of amazement to me. Some bureaucrats and politicians (national and local) have their heads so far up their backsides they can't see the bleedin' obvious. There are quite a few stories on news sites over the last two days, about a project, a very expensive project, to install a "Solar Road". The best quote is from a "green" techno-site engadget -
A French town just installed the world's first 'solar road'
The tiny town of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France no longer has to worry about how it will power its street lights. The Sun will handle that.
The link is to a guardian article. There are similar articles in the Daily Mail, Le Monde, and hundreds of others across the world. Street lights - they come on automatically at dusk. Dusk - when the sun has dropped below the horizon. When Solar panels aren't producing any electricity. Not one of the journalists, nor the many commenters on those pages, some of whom were critical of the relatively vast cost of the kilometre-long solar array spotted that it won't be generating any electricity when the street-lights are due to switch on. Simply amazing

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