Spending a fantastic holiday in France makes you wonder every time again why such a beautiful and sunny country does not embrace solar energy massively. At least it is hard to explain to your kids why you see PV panels on every roof in Germany and why in sunny France you see almost none... And we should be doing this for them.
The abundance of solar irradiance and related warmth in France is almost boring and annoying you after 2 straight weeks of sunny hot days. Put on the airco, please!
“Dad, why are these mobile homes not covered with panels?”.
Why don’t the French use the ‘energy gold’ scattered over the country every day? Because their nuclear energy is cheap. Which is of course due to the way costs are calculated. And cheap energy is addictive as long as you are not personally confronted with the related waste.
Try explaining that story to your kids...
I wonder if every family would be willing to bury their part of the nuclear waste in their own backyard. As long as we collectively put it away and we don’t see it, it is not there and we can believe it probably won’t do much harm. No better was this illustrated than by the smoking French guy on the beach. With his feet he fluently hid his cigarette butt under a thin layer of sand.