Posts Tagged "Renewable Energy"

Off-grid homes lure Americans to New Zealand
by AMY SUAREZ on JANUARY 20, 2012 - 9 Comments in COMMUNITY

Preppers - a new kind of tourism for Taupo

Residents of Taupo NZ are hoping to “lure…Americans” to settle there by building an off-grid community.

The government has already earmarked the spot for a “Biosphere of the 21st century” and it is home to the New Zealand Clean Energy Centre.
The proposed family-style homes would be heated via geothermal or biomass sources, and electricity supplied via solar or wind energy.
Wastewater would be drip irrigated to energy crops that would provide future fuel for the community. Water would be supplied via rainwater collection.
There will be wi-fi internet along with communal vegetable gardens and septic tanks. (more…)

Seeking: ideal off-grid location. Offering: first edition of “Walden”
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 21, 2011 - 4 Comments in LAND

Easier to manage than 5 acres

I have been writing about it, and now I want to do it.

As I traveled the US writing my recent book OFF THE GRID, I was also looking for an off-grid place of my own – at first in Northern California or North Carolina, or Kentucky, but latterly I have homed in on West Virginia as a place to suit my needs.

I want somewhere that I can use to get away from the relentless 24/7 media cycle, ads, facebook, twitter feeds, traffic, fast food and slow food – the grinding pace of modern life. (more…)

Power a house using a waterwheel
by TECHSTAR on NOVEMBER 19, 2010 - 29 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101

Electricity for free

Its a mechanical problem that has troubled scientists since Archimedes and the ancient Greeks, but now an electrician has come up with a new invention that could help save consumers thousands of pounds in energy bills.

Ian Gilmartin, 60, and Bob Cattley, 58, both from Kendal, Cumbria have invented a mini-waterwheel capable of supplying enough electricity to power a house from almost any running water supply.

The contraption is designed to be used in small rivers or streams ( ideal for hundreds of thousands of homes).

It is the first off-the-shelf waterwheel system which can generate a good supply of electricity from a water fall as little as 20cm. (more…)

Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government and True Independence
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 17, 2010 - 1 Comment in EVENTS

Meet some of the characters from my next book – Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America, published by Penguin 1st August 2010.
I traveled around America meeting these extraordinary people and writing about their lives. Above all I wanted to find out WHY they live off the grid. In this film you will find author Carolyn Chute, explaining why she lost trust in the system — because she had little money, a hospital refused to let her in to have her baby – who was stillborn as a result. Meet author Alan Wiesbecker, who wrote In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer’s Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road. He is now living on a beach in Mexico. (more…)

Flee the City – join the Field Lab
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 12, 2010 - 1 Comment in SPIRIT

John Wells lives in a shack he has grandly titled the Southwest Texas Alternative Energy And Sustainable Living Field Laboratory.

When I visited he told me he had wanted to leave his glitzy fashion photographer world behind, a world of “mounting debt and an overwhelming feeling of being trapped in the life you have chosen.” He was looking for a simple life but a comfortable one

Tension in the world, an unstable economy, high fuel prices, and mind numbing popular culture all added to his feeling of utter futility.
“For me, the real tipping point was the death of my father last year.  That made me sit down and take a serious look at where my path has led me.” (more…)
Renewable Energy training
by SUPERJOE on MAY 28, 2010 - 2 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101

Solar Classroom

Here is a listing of some of the best Renewable Energy training courses around the United States. For a more thorough list, visit the Renewable Energy Training Catalog published by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Also, check out this blog series from Mother Earth News contributing editor Dan Chiras about finding a green job in the field of renewable energy.

Solar Education Programs

The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building (more…)

The Simpsons go off the grid (just)
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 30, 2010 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

Homer unplugged

Last Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons showed the cartoon family going off the grid after Homer (who, lest we forget,  works in a Nuclear power plant) becomes fed up with high power bills.  With total disloyalty he buys a  wind turbine to power the family home and unplugs from the grid.

Their excitement fades when The Simpsons realize the juice only flows when the wind blows. (more…)

Pacific Power Seeks grid-tied Renewable Energy
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 1, 2010 - 0 Comments in EVENTS
From March 8 thru May, Pacific Power will accept applications for community-based renewable energy funding from its Blue Sky renewable energy program. They cover the states of Oregon, Washington and California.
To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form, along with supporting materials, by 5 p.m. PDT on May 14. (more…)
Senators back mini-nuke
by TECHSTAR on NOVEMBER 22, 2009 - 3 Comments in ENERGY
Murkowski: nukes not minks

Murkowski: nukes not minks

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following news release:
Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today introduced legislation to direct the Department of Energy to develop innovative, low-cost nuclear reactors. The Nuclear Power 2021 Act (S.2812) proposes a program to design and certify small modular reactors (< 300 megawatts) which can be built and operated in combination with similar reactors at a single site. (more…)

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