Time for Free Electricity

When I say we can have free electricity, I’m not joking. The technology is here and is both available to all and very affordable – if you have sunlight reaching your home.  Our Garden Atrium homes have photovoltaic panels that provide 100% of the electric power we need – for home and car. On days when we generate more power than we use, the excess goes into the grid. At night, we take power back from the grid, and at year’s end, our meter should read zero. … Keep reading

Dollars & Sense

When I ask why they’re not adding photovoltaic panels to their home, or changing to electric cars, the biggest reason I hear from people is …

 

“I can’t afford that kind of money.”

 

I don’t understand that, because I have a 5kW array of photovoltaic panels and an electric car, and have no utility bill – unless my spouse uses her pottery kiln three times in the month. Even then, our bill is around $30. So, for his week’s blog …

I thought I’d lay out a process for determining what the real cost is for going solar. … Keep reading

Electric Grids Need Updating

Here’s a relatively unknown issue.  Power grid failures, especially with global warming, may lead to massive forest fires, and destruction of both natural and man-made environments, and deaths.  What can you do, personally?  We’ll add suggestions.

 

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Hawaiian Electric Lawsuit Is More Evidence

That Electric Grids Across the U.S.

Need Updating

 

SIMMONE SHAH 

TIME

AUGUST 18, 2023

 

In the wake of the devastating Lahaina wildfire in Maui that left at least 111 people dead, Hawaiian Electric Company is facing a lawsuit claiming that the company “chose not to deenergize their power lines” before the natural disaster despite power lines being known to cause and exacerbate wildfires.… Keep reading

Solar Investments to Overtake Oil

Well, if “Money makes the world go ‘round” and if investments in clean energy surpass oil, then there’ll be more money for clean energy future developments and production.  That bodes positive change for our planet, for our lives, and perhaps for personal investing.  Comments afterwards.

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‘Clean energy is moving fast’:

Solar set to overtake oil in

investments for the

first time ever

 

Rosie Frost  •

Euronews.green

26/05/2023

 

Spending on clean energy technology has soared,

in part due to the global energy crisis.Keep reading

Car-Ready Homes

Net Zero – of electricity or water – essentially means 100% of that commodity plus storage.  Nature provides sunlight and rain when it wishes.  We need those commodities when we wish.  Residential water storage is relatively easy – from the old western rain-barrels to today’s cisterns.  Electricity storage is more difficult and batteries are expensive.

Recently, someone noted that our e-cars have huge batteries.  Why not use the battery in our e-car – for which we’ve already paid – to power our home at night? … Keep reading