Letters April 29, 2021

Letters to the Editor

Nuclear energy is the way forward

I support all forms of carbon-free energy production. I worked in the electrical field for 30 years. I read  the article in the April 22 Reader about the Lincoln Park solar  garden, with great interest.

A realistic review of its capacity to produce electricity would be as follows : The 48 panels are 100 milliwatt output each, in full sun, at the correct angle to the sun, on a cloudless sky, with no snow or dust on the panels, would be 100 milliwatt  watt X 48 = 4,800 watts output. The typical electric range with 4 burners ON is about 2,000 watts. The typical home air conditioner  or  furnace is 600 watts, or 48 100-watt lightbulbs.  

Peak electric production is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Solar works for short times of the day. We need hundreds of city blocks of solar panels, and a mix of electrical generation.

We need to use less electricity overall. Nuclear energy is the only solution that I can see.

Bryce Makela
Duluth, Minnesota