One of the issues that people continually raise about renewable energy, particularly solar PV, is that it isn’t always generated when people most want to use it. This is true. But there are a number of responses. One is that a lot of it is nevertheless produced when people want it, and that is worth having. Another is that people (and businesses) can shift the time at which they want to use it by changing their habits and processes.

Some days ago, around the end of March 2022, the former England international footballer and current sports presenter Gary Lineker tweeted something in support of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions. There was an immediate pile-on, which split into two groups. One group said, more or less, ‘Well said, Gary’. The other said, ‘You’re a rich man who can afford all this net zero stuff like heat pumps. Most of us can’t.’

The Cornish Guardian on 21st June 2017 ran a letter saying that we were being brainwashed into thinking electric cars were the future, and that EVs were not for ordinary people, focussing mainly on the charging issue. I sent a response to the paper, which wasn’t published, and this blog post is an extended version of that letter.

This blog post aims to provide objective facts in response to frequent claims made by anti-wind campaigners.