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LETTER: Optimize urban spaces for renewable energy

An application has been submitted to construct a 235-hectare solar farm near Jordan River on southern Vancouver Island. The solar farm is expected to generate enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes by 2027. (Gustavo Fring/Pexels)

Re: Proposed solar farm threatens vital forests (Letters, April 18)

As someone who was trained and worked in phase one of Canada’s renewable energy industry in the 1980s and ’90s, I’m always noticing places where solar electric and hot water panels could go, such as building roofs with good solar exposure. In addition to residential roofs, countless commercial properties have large flat roofs that may be suitable, depending upon a few factors (structural loading, wiring upgrades, etc.).

I agree with the family urging a rethink on clearing valuable forests to create a renewable energy-based power plant when there are many other alternatives. So, how about the Goodridge Peninsula?

Robin Krause