The changes I’ve noticed since returning to the UK….mostly, it’s been a lot of ‘meh’. With a few exceptions. One being a serious increase in the number of homes equipped with solar panels on their roofs. They’re pretty ugly. So are the compulsory signs on the garden gates, boasting of the new installation and (more importantly) letting passers by know who to get in touch with in order to keep up with the Jones’.
Ugly they may be. But they are cost effective and environmentally sound. They are the future, and I can buy into that. Although I’m not convinced they really need to cost quite as much as they do for the initial installation. Although my home insurance firm do cover them as standard, and for accidental damage too. Just in case you wanted to know.
It has had me wondering. Why isn’t there more of a solar panel presence in Mexico City? Or is there, and I just missed it? I doubt that’s the case to be honest, although I don’t spend much time wandering around Polanco or Santa Fe. I’ve been researching though. Mexico, apparently, has the worlds third largest solar potential. I can believe that. I can testify to the fact there’s plenty of sun in Mexico City – there’s plenty of it year round there.
But still, not many visible solar panels. I can think of two reasons why. Firstly, the subsidised cost of gas and electricity, in DF especially. Secondly, the cost of imported products due to taxes, which the solar panels would be. Things could be changing though. Fuel costs are soaring, and will continue to do so as the Cantarell and other oil wells empties. There are plans afoot to start making solar panels in Mexico too.
The benefits solar power could bring to Mexico City are obvious. The reduction of pollution for one, although they’d really need to utilise solar energy to power the cities transport systems to have a major impact. Another obvious plus would be to keep the lights on – the erratic power supply has been a problem for a long time. Of course, given that so many people live in apartments on fairly low wages, it would need the Distrito Federal to embark on a social program to get the most out of the solar potential of the city.
But why not? They’ve done so much in recent years to help make the city ‘green’. Why not put into place programs to let residents join together to install subsidised solar panels on the flat, sun-soaked roofs of the tens of thousands of apartment blocks?
Not all Mexico residents need a push towards renewable energies though. I’ve long admired, and extolled, the innovative nature of Mexicans and their ability to be creative with minimal resources to solve their problems. Meet the greenest taco stall in all of Mexico…