Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Photovoltaic Haiku

Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg

The cables to the left of the vehicle bridge in the painting hold up a separate, side-spar cable-stayed pedestrian bridge. This part of the bridge, the Esplanade Riel, was named after Louis Riel, a Métis who was hanged for treason in 1885. The Human Rights museum opened in 2014 to much acclaim… and protests from groups – the Métis, for example – who believe that Canada’s actual human rights record isn’t nearly as grand as the building.

Line I: Photovoltaic electricity is produced by converting light using semiconducting materials.
Line II: Grid parity, the point at which an energy source becomes a contender for widespread development without government support, is more easily achieved with the abundant sunlight of summer.