Online poll: Majority want solar energy

More than 62 percent of the respondents of a online poll said commercial-scale solar energy is the direction Cayman should go in the future. 

Of the 377 total respondents, 236, or 62.6 percent, said commercial-scale solar energy was long overdue and any delay was counterproductive. 

“Thanks to CUC’s interference, we are already at least 20 years behind the rest of the world with this,” said one person. 

“It’s not only overdue, it’s not enough,” said another person. “We need to allow people to utilize as much solar as they can and still be connected to the grid.” 

“Solar should be decentralized,” said someone else. “Just manage the grid.” 

“As was proven this week with an 8+ hour power failure to which CUC gave every single resident on this island insulting lip service excuses, CUC is a organization which is apparently beyond control of anyone in Cayman,” commented one respondent. “We need better options, and solar is a good place to start.” 

“Wind power needs to be added to the mix,” said someone else. 

Fifty-one people – 13.5 percent – said they were in favor of commercial-scale solar energy, but it would require long-term changes for CUC and its customers, while another 58 people – 15.4 percent – responded “maybe” to the question, depending on the price for the consumer. 

“I am all for going green as long as it doesn’t cost me too much,” said one person. 

“Grand Cayman seems to be an optimal place for solar,” said someone else. 

Four people – 1.1 percent – responded “Not yet, but we are getting there,” and three people – 0.8 percent – said they were opposed because it requires long-term changes for CUC and its customers. 

“The idea is great, but it’s hard to believe the Cayman government will be able to make it work,” said one person. 

Twenty-five people – 6.6 percent – did not feel commercial-scale solar energy was the way to go because it was commercially unproven and too risky. 

“This is not their decision,” one person said of the Electricity Regulatory Authority. “They are a regulator, not an energy providing company. Tell them to do their job of regulating and stay out of the business of power generation.” 

“Solar energy wouldn’t survive a hurricane whereas the old [generators] would restart fairly easily,” said someone else. 

“Solar power is a scam,” commented another person. 

Next week’s poll question 

Which aspect of Cayman’s cruise-berthing proposal is most significant to you? 

The potential economic benefits 

The potential environmental impacts 

The potential effect on stay-over tourism and residents’ quality of life 

The lack of sufficient infrastructure 

None of it is significant to me. 

To participate in this poll, visit starting July 27. 

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