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posted by alias Thegreatoutdoors on Thursday 4th of January 2007 04:19:28 AM

This is Brown's flat which forms the head waters for the Turitea stream. This stream flows to the Turitea dams which supply 60% of the city's water. Wind turbines and extensive earthworks are planned for this important and sensitive area. This area is not accessible to the public but a road ( 4/1/07 ) is being built for turbine installation. This view was taken with permission from a neighbouring farm. Brown's flat is a very important future source of water as the city expands. Turbines contain large amounts of oil and it makes no sense to risk pollution of any kind. World wide water resources are degrading and under threat from excessive economic and infrastructural development. Any industrial wind farm is incompatible with a reserve of high conservation value and erodible land and which provides the city with 60% of its water. Potential siltation of the Turitea dams would render them useless and cost ratepayers an astronomical amount of money to remedy. THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES. Direct solar energy harvested as solar thermal energy and through photovoltaic energy conversion are the most promising forms of alternative energy. Further research to improve technologies in this important area is badly needed and continuing worldwide, but technologies allow us to embark today on an aggressive growth program to harvest this virtually unlimited source of energy: The sun provides the Earth each hour with the amount of energy we humans use in a whole year! About 90 percent of all photovoltaic energy is based on crystalline silicon solar cells that yield efficiencies in the 15 to 20 percent range, a very respectable number if compared with nature, where photosynthesis works with less than 1 percent efficiency. The cost of photovoltaic energy follows a learning curve: Over the last 20 years, we have seen production costs decrease by 20 percent to 30 percent for each doubling of the total installed capacity of photovoltaic units. Thus, the most effective way to ultimately establish direct solar energy as the most cost-effective energy production technology is to substantially increase its production. Put PV panels and solar heating units on the nation's roofs and democratise energy production. The benefits for all are plain to see, but as long as we follow "Think Big " models we not only set ouselves up for failure but leave ordinary people out of the equation and capture the financial benefits for the moneyed SUV driving elite. "Only an unfeeling society could build the sort of world we now have, which stomps on individuals and nature in the name of greater power and profits. " Heineken

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