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India shivers as grid crashes
by DHAMOTHARAN on JANUARY 11, 2013 - 0 Comments in energy

Time to provide our own power and light?

Lucknow, India: The State of Uttar Pradesh is shivering and in darkness with six power plants tripping in succession hours after a sharp rise in electricity demand due to the unusually harsh winter.

Power demand rose to a level not seen since May 2011 level when the problems was peak heat in the summer. The overall power outages were more than 2,500MW.

This spells trouble for the ruling Samajwadi Party saddled with an election promise of providing free power to the rural areas and initiating measures to improve the power distribution network. Perhaps they should have considered wind and hydro for the winter months.

Electricity bosses said said the availability of coal has been one of the limiting factors behind the recent power shortage. They said the state government is in the process of initiating a project of purchasing power under a scheme called as Case-1 bidding.
The scheme would see power utility purchasing of around 6000MW from different sources for 25 years beginning 2016. But the process is in the evaluation stage. (more…)

Bollywood star’s off-grid home
by DHAMOTHARAN on APRIL 24, 2012 - 3 Comments in people

Gul: Wants to be alone

India is one of the world’s most off-grid countries – mainly because so many of its inhabitants were never on the grid in the first place.  As hundreds of millions struggle to get connected, Bollywood actress Gul Panag will throw open the doors of her weekend home, one of the first in India to be built to eco standards.

Indians say it’s a leg up for the green home movement, and in that upwardly mobile culture, want to move away from just the symbolic rain-water-harvesting-and-solar- panel installation design to an expensively laid out vision, capped by a system of evaluation, rating and certification. (more…)

Navajo go solar
by DHAMOTHARAN on JUNE 28, 2009 - 0 Comments in energy

Sacred Power Inc. of Albuquerque has got its hands on half a million dollars of stimulus funding for off-grid power.

It has been awarded a USD500,656 grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help bring solar- powered electricity into homes on the Navajo Nation currently without electric power. (more…)

Wireless power
by DHAMOTHARAN on MAY 22, 2009 - 0 Comments in energy

kenya-cell-tower
We can learn from them
The mobile phone industry is big in off-grid power usage.  But not for any ecological reasons.  In fact a close look at the cell companies’ power consumption proves their talk of green is just that – talk.

The wireless network, due to the distribution of its infrastructure, is an ideal candidate to test out new ideas in decentralized power. But for the most part, cellular services  turn to alternative energy solutions where there is no access, or unreliable access, to grid power.   And they avoid building towers in isolated areas because its not cost-effective, although that is precisely where their consumers most need them. (more…)

$1800 12V solar system
by DHAMOTHARAN on AUGUST 14, 2008 - 1 Comment in energy


Katsuhiko Machida (right)
At a trade show in Yokohama in May, Sharp Corp.’s booth was swarmed by visitors from African countries, including embassy officials and businesspeople, who wanted to know when the company was going to launch its new solar power system and at what price.

The system, which combines solar cells and storage batteries to generate electricity had some innovative features.

The consumer electronics maker aims to sell the system for less than one-tenth the 2-3 million yen ($18,100-27,200) charged for comparable home-use systems currently available in Japan, by designing it to supply power only for lighting equipment, radios and electric fans – items it regards as the most basic necessities for off-grid users. (more…)

Diary from deepest Canada
by DHAMOTHARAN on JANUARY 14, 2007 - 1 Comment in land

Tenzicut
Its lonely in Northern Canada

Thanks to guest writer Tenzicut from Down to the Roots magazine for penning this off-grid diary:
I looked out the window this morning and saw the cattle at the fence waiting for their meal. I had not yet had my own. Before the cows started pushing on the fence, I got into the thick wool sweater from the second hand store, wool army pants I have had for the last 15 years, a heavy winter coat, a touque and my fur hat. Last to go on were the (more…)

Planning refused
by DHAMOTHARAN on MARCH 30, 2006 - 1 Comment in energy
Bob Robarts and wind turbine
One man & his turbine

A Welsh family have had their dreams of living off wind power blown away by a ruling from the National Parks Authority which refused to allow Bob and Daisy Robarts a small wind turbine at their Crosswell home.

How to Get Planning Permission“How to Get Planning Permission” – buy it from Amazon UK

The Robarts highlights our campaign to change planning laws in the UK and speed the introduction of green energy can be introduced.

The three metre turbine and 11 metre high mast in a nearby field would provide all the electricity needed for their home and office. Despite letters of support from (more…)


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