Posts Tagged "grid"

Don’t believe the hype
by NICK ROSEN on DECEMBER 18, 2011 - 13 Comments in SOLAR
Solar newbies beware

Solar newbies beware

Don’t believe the awful ads which promise you “free power for $200″, or “build your own solar panel for $200″. Several of them appear on this site from time to time, despite that we are doing everything we can to stop them.  Many are from Chinese spammers, and a particular bunch of conmen called energy4free, or earth4energy or, amongst many other aliases. These slimebags ask you to pay for an e-book which directs you to some other sites and offers to sell you components for a solar panel that will never work. Of course it would be quite wrong and immoral to suggest you should click repeatedly on their ads whenever you see the Earth4energy logo. We do not recommend that. (more…)

Outside cities, many can no longer rely on the Grid
by LINDSAY on NOVEMBER 3, 2011 - 1 Comment in ENERGY

Utilities won't spend the money to fix the system

As the clean up continues across North Eastern America, 1.7m were still without power Tuesday night according to Associated Press.The realization is dawning that if you live outside a major conurbation with its underground power grid, you can no longer depend on your electricity supply. That means each household ensuring it has its own backup, including batteries and a means of surviving for several days without the Utility.

Consolidated Edison “has gotten so unbelievably bad,” David Kirschstein, an 83-year-old retired patent lawyer,  told the New York Times. Kirschstein has been living in the same house in Chappaqua, N.Y., for 44 years.
“The winters used to be much worse, but even with the big snows, we had nothing like the outages over the past four or five years,” he continued. People who make preparations for the next big outage can end up deciding they no longer need the Utility company at all. (more…)

Off-Grid art show in Dehli
by SHAMPOODLE on JANUARY 24, 2010 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

Raqs media collective

Raqs media collective

The Anant gallery in Dehli had a group show last month called Living off the Grid. It was about ways to escape the many grids that circumscribe our lives.

Here are curator Meera Menezes notes on the show:

Like it or not, our lives are enmeshed in the intersecting lines of a Grid in the worlds both real and virtual. (more…)

The accidental environmentalists
by ALEXBENADY on JANUARY 24, 2010 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Barnett and Hearne dig ground source

Barnett & Hearne: ground source

It’s hard to live off-grid, disconnected from mains electricity, gas and water, in a small, densely populated country like the UK. That’s why off-grid living in this country has hitherto been limited to travellers, hippies, dedicated greens, and unsociable eccentrics.
But finally it seems that the appeal of the life off-grid is going mainstream as increasing numbers of perfectly conventional people choose to live sustainable lives unfettered by connected amenities. (more…)

Grid pollution kills 24,000 Americans a year”
by ALEXBENADY on NOVEMBER 27, 2009 - 2 Comments in SPIRIT
 Governor Perry of dirty ole Texas

Governor Perry of dirty ole Texas

The coal-fuelled grid is the US’ biggest polluter pumping out three times as much CO2 as all the nation’s cars put together, says a new report.

The study by environmental lobby group Environment America details the full extent of environmental damage caused by power plants in the US. It lists the country’s dirtiest 100 power plants and identifies Texas as the dirtiest state by far.

Released this week, the report examines carbon dioxide emissions from power plants across the country using 2007 data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Corey Feldman launches off-grid tour
by SPY_VONDEGA on JULY 3, 2009 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, OFF-GRID 101

Feldman’s  “philosophy”
Bad boy actor turned musician Corey Feldman has been telling the LA Times about his new eco-tour.  The teetotal, vegetarian rocker (is that not a contradiction?) has a biodiesel generator stage left to power his gigs.

The band is called Truth Movement. Their 2008 album “Technology Analogy” is “about technology and where was it derived, and where it leads us,” says Corey.

His first concert last week was a sneak-peak at plans to tour America using clean, sustainable energy to power up shows. The actor joined forces with a team of eco-boffins to develop a 24-month plan for festival-type concerts run completely off the power grid. (more…)

Navajo go solar
by DHAMOTHARAN on JUNE 28, 2009 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SOLAR

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…)

Gov. loans for off-grid power
by JULIETTE SMITH on APRIL 14, 2009 - 6 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101

Small beginnings
There has been a rush of government announcements for loans to bring off-grid power to both rural and urban areas.

The Department of Agriculture has issued two schemes and the Public Health and Welfare section of the United States code calls for the Energy Secretary to favor projects which include “designing a local distributed energy system that incorporates renewable hydrogen production, off- grid electricity production….in industrial or commercial service.” (more…)

Fight to halt power line
by JO HOOPER on NOVEMBER 18, 2008 - 3 Comments in LAND, OFF-GRID 101

This land is their land – Ogles on a hike
ROCKBRIDGE, Ohio — Charles and Melanie Ogle have lived happily off the power grid for 17 years in their solar-powered log home perched on a ridge in the Hocking Hills.

They don’t want or need electric lines, but it seems that a power line is about to be strung outside their house anyway.

The Ogles are fighting a plan by American Electric Power to take some of their land by eminent domain to build an overhead electric line to power a telecommunications tower that the utility is building about 1,500 feet south of their house. (more…)

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