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11 August

Are Utility Companies Aware of the Off-The-Grid Trend? Time To Wake Up & Adopt FIT(Feed-In-Tariff)(2)

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The reason I am strongly encouraging all utility companies (esp. in Florida and USA) to assist with establishing Renewable-FIT For Sunshine State and many other states is: the avalanche of off-the-grid trend is coming if there is not sufficient incentive for consumers to remain connected to the grid.  It is the better informed and the best customers of the utility companies who can afford to go off-the-grid soonest. The example below, VS 5 Hybrid from Bosch, is the intelligent storage solution available from 4.4-13.2 kWh, easily expandable due to its modular concept. It is a sophisticated comprehensive self-diagnosing system that insures any deviation to be quickly detected and eliminated. Its certification is checked by external and independent testing institute. It utilizes highly efficient lithium-ion battery, with a life cycle of 20 years. One of its most attractive features is its built-in energy management system that comes with the option of user management via app. This VS 5 Hybrid system has an integrated web server, enabling the entire system to be monitored and controlled via the internet or the VoltApp smartphone, showing clear graph of the PV’s current output, the charge status of the lithium-ion battery, the energy flow from the generated electricity to household and the grid (if FIT is in place). Its design is brilliantly simple, easy to assemble requiring only 2 hours, and received award for its ease-of-use concept. Let’s take a look at this system, Bosch’s VS 5 Hybrid, below:

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10 August

Are Utility Companies Aware of the Off-The-Grid Trend? Time To Wake Up & Adopt FIT(Feed-In-Tariff)

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Please show your support for Renewable Energy by visiting-signing-sharing Renewable-FIT For Sunshine State!

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I was in the midst of watching a cable channel’s program on “Buying Alaska” tonight. Seeing quite a few homes in Alaska being off-grid, I got curious and googled “how many households in USA are off-grid”.  What I’ve discovered was that as of August of 2010, about 750,000 U.S. households were living off the grid and the number is increasing around 10% each year, according to Nick Rosen (author of Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America). Mr. Rosen’s web site has a map showing where these people live.

“Going off the grid is like insuring yourself against a time the lights may go out,” Rosen tells the Christian Science Monitor. “In the 1970s you had a lot of old-style hermit-like survivalists. But these people are different. This isn’t the Stone Age anymore; you can live a quite comfortable life.”

People go off-grid for a variety of reasons: to avoid reliance on electricity from the coal-burning power plant or for the simple reason that it’s too costly for the utility company to extend and maintain lines to certain rural properties.

At this point, I’d like to share a video clip of some one from Montana who renovated a 100 year old Montana cabin in a meadow surrounded by pine forest: living radical simplicity in an off-the-grid, passive solar design cabin with a cheap, simple, and efficient solar electric system, food-producing forest garden, and root cellar. There is a spring above the cabin that provides gravity flow water for the cabin’s one sink and the garden, two 135 W solar panels, two 275 amp hour batteries, 80 acres of pine forest to manage for wood heat in addition to the passive solar gain, and a blending of old technology and new technology. Below, you will see this cabin in the video:


Email solar@Slate Creek Engineering.com for details on the solar system. For more on the forest garden system go to veganicpermaculture.com

 

As the cost of solar continues to drop and the battery storage technology continue to decrease in cost and improve in capacity and efficiency, isn’t it time for the utility companies to wake up and adopt programs such as FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) to help provide incentives for its clients to remain connected to the grid before more/most of the households will be showing up in the off-grid camp?

For viewers/visitors with higher energy consumption, be sure to also check out our next post on VS5 Hybrid System of Bosch.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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8 February

How U.S. Public Is Being Misled About Solar Energy

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I’ve debated over and over whether or not to bother addressing this laughable report. But upon further contemplation, I believe it deserves at least a mention because it helps us to realize part of a very serious problem here in U.S.  The link at the end of this paragraph is an interview  from Fox News. The Fox reporter tells the U.S. public (during a talk show) that solar energy maybe a success story in Germany, but cannot be successfully implemented in U.S. because Germany is a small country and have more sun. This could not be further from the truth! Germany receives less sunlight than Anchorage, Alaska of  U.S. !  This Fox reporter also named a list of 1% of solar companies that had failed, without mentioning the other 99% of solar companies that had succeeded.   If this Fox reporter has done more home work, she would have discovered that the real reason why solar energy has been such a success story in Germany  is due to a successfully implemented incentive policy, Feed-In-Tariff, which I have in the past and will also cover again in a future post.  The type of biased reporting by Fox is extremely misleading.  In case any one among our visitors/viewers/readers wants evidential support, here is the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Solar Resource map comparison (provided by NREL, National Renewable Energy Lab) of the U.S., Germany, Spain,  Alaska (USA), Mainland (USA), and Hawaii (USA). Here, at Sun Is The Future, though a small organization, we routinely check with multiple sources before publishing any of the posts.  This (video of the misleading Fox report) is the reason that Sun Is The Future exists, to correct or supplement what’s been wrongfully or biasedly presented by our network media.  We may be small, but we do our home work and we remain faithful to the truth.

More truths will come forth in future posts.

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Any of your comments/suggestions/questions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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