I want to start off just by saying, I’m not talking about everybody here, just the unfortunate reality that it is a common theme amongst us humans, and let’s not beat around the bush, us Westerners, that vanity truly gets in the way of rational thinking.
Whilst reading a rather nice little article on Solar Feeds about the pros and cons of wind and solar energy, a particular con struck a chord with me. Both lists included the ‘looks’ factor, with both wind turbines and rooftop solar panels deemed potentially ugly or unattractive in light of the surrounding beauty of nature and the housing or garden they may reside on. Because of this apparent ugliness, many see that as a negative aspect, and decline the chance to produce some good clean energy, without environmental cost. Shocking eh? Not really.
This is by no means a new thing, I’m just bringing it up as I felt rather strongly about it when reading about it today, and my brain wanders easily. It is this vanity and constant desire of society to keep everything looking ‘nice’ and ‘attractive’ that is seriously hindering the renewable industry in my opinion. We refuse to put up solar panels or wind turbines on the grounds of them being an eyesore, despite the completely obvious benefits each and every one provides.
Let’s take for example, the humble solar panel and the cheap-as-chips wind turbine. Both produce clean, effectively free and guiltless energy for us and the grid, without the slightest hint of dirty pollution or damage to the environment, and can run on endless resources with no extra payment or attention needed on our part. The same goes for marine, tidal or offshore wind, all of which just keep on giving without taking.