Our favorite Green Goddess appeared yesterday on the Good Morning show trying to convince people to install solar panels.
Quite clearly she has been inhaling too many baking soda fumes lately, along with whoever it is at TVNZ that allows her on the show in the first place.
I’ve taken some quotes from her interview yesterday which do not make ANY sense.
“Couples as they get older and they’re heading towards retirement, might have a little bit of money stashed away. ¬† They spend $10,000 on a conservatory, or an overseas trip, or a swimming pool. None of these have a return. Whereas solar power, you get a return on it. ¬† It takes about six years to pay for itself and then you’re in your retirement and you’re not paying for any power.”
Wendyl’s ideas, as usual, don’t quite add up here – even the Green Party Solar scheme says that a $10,000 system will produce $1000 worth of power per year and will be financed over 15 years.
“Your energy supplier will pay you for the power that you feed back in the grid. ¬†So on a big sunny day, you’ve got more than you need, it goes back into the supplier and¬†they pay you, not much actually, ‘cos its not really in their interest. ¬† And then at night, if you need a bit extra you can take it back so it ends up¬†pretty much breaking even”
They don’t pay much, you pay more and then you break even? ¬† Now I’m really confused. ¬†Didn’t you just say we weren’t paying for any power in our retirement?
“The thing you have to think about is increasingly we’re still using coal throughout the world to make electricity. ¬†54% of the power in the world is made from coal. ¬† So if you’re worried about spending $10,000, you’re also doing a really good thing for the planet because its free energy”
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