Tin Can Solar Panels

In a report released by Corporate Knights: The Canadian Magazine for Responsible Business, Newfoundland received a failing grade for environmental protection and renewable energy initiatives. Only one other province received an overall lower grade. That’s embarrassing.

I suggest if Premiere Danny Williams wants to improve that grade, how about providing a small rebate that would make the purchase and instillation of local sustainable energy products such as the Cansolair Solar Panels more affordable? I would love to install one of these panels on my house, but the cost is just a little too high for my pocket book.

An article from TheIndependent.ca:

Meaney [the guy who invented the solar panels] says one of his panels, properly placed on a south-facing wall of a Newfoundland home, could provide enough heat to replace a tank of oil a year — worth about $800, and rising.

But locals aren’t yet buying in — not the public, and not government.

Meaney’s been working on his solar panels for more than 15 years, and manufacturing them for about seven. The product is environmentally friendly in more ways than one: not only does it provide free, pollution-free heating, but the core of each panel is made up of more than 200 aluminum pop cans.

I don’t understand why the government of Newfoundland and Labrador doesn’t support environmentally-conscious local businesses such as Cansolair or provide consumer rebates that encourage homeowners to at least consider sustainable energy alternatives. What reason is there for not implementing such initiatives?

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at MudSongs.org.
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3 Responses to Tin Can Solar Panels

  1. tommyboy says:

    Should British Columbia read Alberta….and yeah I love that panel…they look great..I have begun to drink a case of coke in name of the planet….

  2. Phillip says:

    Damn it. Okay, I just deleted that post script. Minor misprint there. Carry on.

  3. simon says:

    looking for environmentally friendly way to create energy in my small cabin. what would it cost to install and make operable this system-the consolair panel. this response is for consolair or anyone who has installed a single panel in a small cabin.

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