Posts from — June 2007

Hippy times are here again
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 28, 2007 - 0 Comments in LAND
Nirvana – at a price

The summer solstice on June 21 marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Summer of Love. Mid-1967, the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco was teeming with close to 100,000 marijuana-smoking, acid-dropping, flower powerful baby boomers. Did you miss out on the ’60s? You could buy a piece of it at

Solar powered wireless internet
by ELENA on JUNE 27, 2007 - 2 Comments in LAND, SOLAR
Surf the web like this!
Surf the web like this!

Not long ago, we brought you a story on how to get a telephone line to your off-grid palace in multiple ways (Ssstay connected). Now a California company has introduced a product that will help you get internet access, and through it the possibility of an IP-phone, powered by solar power!

What the Meraki network has put together is new, but the individual bits that make it up are not. The solar powered wifi box sells for around 100 dollars but it is also something your could do yourself with some of the products in our online store and a visit to your computer hardware store. (more…)

On Grandad’s land
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 27, 2007 - 0 Comments in LAND
Kartoon Kate self portrait
Kartoon Kate

Weekend Getaways
by LILAC on JUNE 27, 2007 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE
Lost trail Lodge
From CA to Scotland

Eco-holidays are all the rage, but how eco are they when the offer mains power and water, and all the other luxuries of modern life? Here are four genuinely off-grid vacation opportunities, though whether they are really weekend getaways depends on where you are travelling from.

Martin Foster, a farmer, has an off-grid holiday cottage by the banks of Loch Sween in Argyll. The cooker runs off bottled gas while the lights are powered by a small

Bruce Willis spoofs off-grid
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 26, 2007 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, OFF-GRID 101

Bruce Willis went on the Letterman show last night wearing a giant wind-turbine hat and announced he was “completely off-grid, in fact I can’t even see the grid anymore.” Way to go Brucie. (more…)

Fuel-free fridge
by ELENA on JUNE 26, 2007 - 6 Comments in ENERGY, WATER
bamboo refridgeration
DIY fridge design.

Using a very old idea – the cooling power of the evaporation of water – a small Indian group has released plans for a very inexpensive but effective way to keep food cool and fresh – refrigeration without any power source whatsoever!

The bamboo iceless refrigerator is a low cost device that can be used to store food items. It preserves the food longer, and keeps it cool. This fridge can be used to store vegetables, fruits or even keep your beers cold. Detailed instructions at the end of this article (more…)

Solar power from car parts
by ELENA on JUNE 25, 2007 - 0 Comments in SOLAR
solar concentrator
Now that’s recycling

In an attempt to break the high initial cost of solar power for remote regions, an MIT team has developed a small – 1kW – solar concentrating combined heat and power system. It uses the concentrated heat in an Organic rakine cycle, in which a liquid with a low boiling temperature is reused over and over – to turn a turbine salvaged from an old car.

After several years of experimenting in the labs in Masachussetts, this young group finally managed to get some funding from the World Bank, and has been working in Lesotho, South Africa to put a working practical model on the ground. (more…)

Taos Solar Music fest
by ISURU on JUNE 24, 2007 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY
Michael Franti and the Spearheads
Smaller than Live Earth

Michael Franti & Spearhead, is topping the bill tonight at the final day of the 9th Taos Solar Music Fest. Get down there if you are in the area. Franti blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues.

The other big names at the three day event were Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Los Lobos. (more…)

First Earthship in France
by JUICED on JUNE 22, 2007 - 1 Comment in LAND
Trott and Earthship
The Earthship has landed

France’s first residential Earthship has received planning permission. There are already two UK Earthships (houses built to the specification of Earthship guru Mike Reynolds) but these are eco-showcases in Brighton and Fife – not for living in, and there is another in Valencia, Spain.

Having failed to get planning permssion in the UK, a couple from Brighton decided to build the totally sustainable home in the small French village of Ger in Normandy. Kevan Trott and his wife Gillian are now hard at work on the structure (pictured). (more…)

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