Letters April 29, 2021
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.