Spent last night in Lewes Town Hall. It was packed – about 200 people. A great event that marked the launch of the UK’s first community-owned solar power station. One small step that will hopefully lead to a lot more bigger ones…
A few extraordinary facts from the presentations:
On March 22nd this year in Germany solar power put more energy into their grid than did their nuclear power stations.
The UK is building what is set to become the world’s largest offshore wind generation system in the world. (Any pride at this fact is offset by the news that the UK currently only generates 3% of its power through renewables).
The UK spends…..wait for it….80 billion pounds a year on storing nuclear waste.
Norman Baker, MP for Lewes and the government’s transport minister, told of how he visited NIREX who are in charge of this disposal. When they showed him the deep shafts where they were putting the horrid stuff, he asked them how people in 500 years time would know what was in the concrete boxes they were depositing there. What if civilizations had come and gone, Ice Ages and heaven knows what? “Ah we’ve thought of that!” They exclaimed cheerfully. “We’re going to carve messages in great blocks of stone so they can last forever.”
Maybe we should send NIREX some messages carved in stone…