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20 December

Need Funding? Stage Is Set For Renewable and Solar Energy Projects!

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Below is a repost from one of our sister publications, Windermere Sun:

Sun Rays (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

December 19, 2011- Kyle Travis, left and Jon Jackson, with Lighthouse Solar, install microcrystalline PV modules on top of Kevin Donovan’s town home. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder)

 

Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)
 

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The stage is set. The time is ripe. With the cost of both solar and wind having dropped tremendously in the past three years, solar technology having enabled greater efficiency, the incoming Tesla’s Powerwall, Powerpack solving the storage problem,  and  Tesla’s integrated and cost effective solar roof… the inevitable Solar-Renewable Tsunami is knocking on our door. Astute green investors and lenders could all hear the knock and are ready to finance solar energy projects and fund power developments of renewable-sustainable energy resources. In the U.S., a mix of federal production tax credits and individual state renewable portfolio standards (RPS) are definitely pushing the market. To better understand various policies and incentives for renewables and efficiency by states, please click HERE. For example, state of  CA has 187 such policies and incentives whereas state of FL has 77. Of course the incentives of some of the E.U. nations are also fueling the market. But most importantly, it is the simple fact that the cost of solar  have dropped so much that it is now a more secure investment than putting one’s money in the bank (bank has a rate of return of about 0.8%-1.1% without inflation protection whereas investing in solar provides a rate of return ranging from about 3% (in AK without any tax credit or incentive, it is 4.4% with tax credit and incentives) to 24.4% (in HI with tax credit and incentives, location-climate-incentive dependent, and this is with inflation protection).

For a simple Solar Investment Payback Formula:

  • Total System Cost/Value of Electricity Generated/Your Annual Electricity Usage = Payback Time
  •  1/Payback Time = Rate of Return on Investment

This means:

  • a 6 kW grid-tied system that costs about $10,000 (subject to market fluctuation, excluding fees and incentives)
  • The average American household uses 10,932 kWh of electricity per year (source: EIA)
  • They pay an average of $0.12 per kWh for it

Therefore, using American national averages:  $10,000 system price/$0.12 per kWh/10932 kWh per year = 7.62 years = Payback Time

Therefore,  1/Payback Time = 1/7.62 =0.13 1  or 13.1% = Rate of Return on Solar Investment, keep in mind that this is with inflation protection (utility bills are always going up).

At this point, I’d like to share with you all a site that had already done the work for you, state by state, Solar Power Rocks., in figuring out the Investment Return (IRR), with consideration of respective state’s tax credits and incentives.

As a result, there are much opportunities for high yielding rates of return on investment in solar as well as other green renewable sources. In the coming decades, there will be so much transformational developments waiting to be planned out and completed. If you have a project ($multi-million project) in mind, with a plan but insufficient funding, please contact me via: info.WindermereSun@gmail.com so Windermere Sun may be able to introduce you and your plan/project to potential investors/lenders. If you are an angel investor, potential investor or lender for solar projects, please feel free to contact me at: info.WindermereSun@gmail.com so we can spread the sunshine globally while saving our planet earth!

Investment Criteria for Joint Venture Financing: financing for all types of commercial real estate and alternative energy projects. In general, they must meet the following criteria: • The project 5% down or more; • The project must be shovel-ready–defined as ready to break ground in 90 days or less; • The project must be sponsored by an experienced developer with a significant financial stake. • Asset-based loans, including In-Ground Assets; • Corporate expansion loans; • International Funding; and • Hard money loans. Joint Venture Financing Project Types: (NEW DEVELOPMENT ONLY) • Hotel Resorts and Casinos • Assisted Living/Senior Housing • Apartment Buildings/Multifamily Housing • Alternative/Renewable Energy (i.e., solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, etc.) • Green Energy (i.e., biofuel/biodiesel, biomass, waste-to-energy, etc.) • Hospitals and Health Care Facilities • Infrastructure (roads, highways, rail, etc.) • College and University Buildings • Public-Use and Recreational Facilities • Industrial Projects • Other Related Types Locations: USA and International, Joint Venture Financing Terms: • 95% equity financing • Typically three to five year term • Non-recourse financing • No interest payments during term of investment • Minority equity stake in lieu of interest • Take out with permanent financing or sale Time to Closing: 90 to 120 days.

May we all have many many bright and sunny days.

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19 November

Let’s Help Marshall Pitcairn’s Indiegogo Campaign For Zero Energy Apartment

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Marshall Pitcairn, Owner of ZEAL Apartment

Marshall Pitcairn, Owner of ZEAL Apartment

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Fellow Solar Enthusiasts, one of our Central Floridians from Oviedo, FL, has taken charge in heading toward our Clean and Renewable Future by starting an Indiegogo campaign. Here is the repost from Windermere Sun, below:

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Marshall Pitcairn, Owner of ZEAL (Zero Energy Apartment Living)

Marshall Pitcairn, Owner of ZEAL (Zero Energy Apartment Living)

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Even though I’ve mentioned this previously in our post on November meetup, I believe this is an important enough topic that I should embellish upon it: One of our meetup group members, Marshall Pitcairn, a resident of Oviedo, FL, has started his Indiegogo campaign on Friday (Nov.17, 2016) for his ZEAL Apartment LLC. It is a wonderful concept of Zero Energy Apartment Living that would help our world to transition into cleaner and renewable future much more quickly. ZEAL Apartment concept is about quality net-zero apartments as affordable as normal apartments. Marshall Pitcairn is not only being part of the green living revolution, he wants to lead the charge toward our Clean and Renewable Future! Let’s help Marshall to spread the news and heartily support this wonderfully ambitious and meaningful project (email: Marshall@zealapartments.com).

Indiegogo is the largest global crowdfunding & fundraising site online. Marshall Pitcairn is running his campaign at this location for 30 days: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zeal-apartments-solar#/

At this point, it is best to hear from the owner of ZEAL Apartment LLC, Marshall Pitcairn himself, to tell you more about his plan and campaign, below:

Meet the owner of ZEAL, below:

Keep in mind that this Indiegogo campaign is only running for 30 days. So pitch in and tell your friends and family about it and click https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zeal-apartments-solar#/ and take part in charging toward our Clean & Rnewable Future!

~Let’s Help One Another~

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14 October

New Taiwan’s Ambitious Solar Plan

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Taiwain, Taipei, Taiwan Strait (Public Domain)

Taiwain (the island at right), Taiwan Strait (Public Domain)

Dragon-shaped Solar Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (credit:http://imgur.com/a/duB8w )

First Solar Powered Stadium in the World: Dragon-shaped Solar Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (credit:http://imgur.com/a/duB8w )

Dragon-shaped Solar Stadium in Kaoshung, Taiwan (credit: Peellden)

Dragon-shaped Solar Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (credit: Peellden)

Dragon-shaped Solar Stadium in Kaoshung, Taiwan (credit: Peellden)

The First Solar Powered Stadium in the World: Dragon-shaped Solar Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (credit: Peellden)

Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Positioned with People’s Republic of China to the West, Japan to the Northeast, and the Philippines to the South, Taiwan is the most populus non-UN state and the largest economy outside of the UN.

Taiwan maintains a stable industrial economy as a result of rapid economic growth and industrialization, which has been dubbed the Taiwan Miracle. Taiwan is one of the Four Asian Tigers and a member of the World Trade Organization and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. The 21st-largest economy in the world, its high-tech industry plays a key role in the global economy. Taiwan is ranked highly in terms of freedom of the press, health care, public education, economic freedom, and human development.

This beautiful island of what used to be called Formosa, is progressive in many ways.  In May of 2016, Taiwan has elected its first female president, Tsai Ing-Wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Soon after the election, the new government formed by the DPP announced its ambitious plans to install 20GW of solar, while phasing out nuclear.  Installing 20 GW of solar would mean using land on the island or in a country  where land is an expensive commodity. The new government is tackling this issue by releasing 10,000 hectares of government controlled agricultural land for utility scale PV installations and dual use systems. Its policies also enable water-based solar installations.

Early in October of this year, Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy issued its plan for Feed-in-Tariffs (FIT) in 2017.Within this plan:

  1. the residential rooftops (1 kW to below 20 kW) would receive a FIT of NT$6.103/kWh (US$0.193/kWh)
  2. the ground-mounted PV power plant would receive a FIT of US$0.144/kWh
  3. the floating solar power plants would receive a FIT of US$0.156/kWh

As some of the solar companies in USA such as First Solar and Sun Power, many  Taiwanese formerly dedicated solar cell producers are shifting their attentions or businesses to also include manufacturing modules and  PV project developers. One can imagine that such a shift will pick up its speed as the new FIT system becomes implemented in 2017.

To better understand such a group/country of wonderfully resilient people, I will share some videos about this beautiful island, Formosa or Taiwan, below, with you:

 

 

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12 October

Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November Because Amendment 1 Will Block Out the Sun, Floridians !!!

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Vote "NO" on Amendment 1 in November because Amendment 1 Will Block Out the Sun (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November because Amendment 1 Will Block Out the Sun (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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This is a repost from one of our sister publication, Windermere Sun, below:

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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Vote "NO" on Amendment 1 in November (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

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I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for Florida to welcome Solar Energy into our state!!! Then Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November!!! Reasons are explained in the posts and videos in the two posts below (please click & view):

  1. This article contains material that would help to explain why Amendment 1 is anti-solar: Amendment 1 May Block Out The Sun (Similar measure in Amendment 1 has already destroyed solar industry in the state of Nevada. We do not want a repeat of what happened in Nevada here in Florida!!!)
  2. Amendment 1 part (a) promises the right Floridians already possess (the right to own or lease solar equipments on their property) but prevents Floridians from selling any excess solar energy produced to be sold to others outside of the property owner. Amendment 1 part (b) may potentially allow utilities to create another fee to be charged to solar installation owners or solar power users even if these solar power users are not customers of the utilities. So a votes of “yes” on Amendment 1 would: a. establish constitutional right rather than keep it statutory. b. eliminate free market potential for electricity c. create assumption that solar power users are subsidized by utility customers. Passing Amendment 1 would potentially destroy the solar businesses in Florida (as a similar measure did in Nevada).
  3. This article helps to explain why we need Fair Value of Solar: We Need Fair Value of Solar, Not Amendment 1

Especially after the recent visit from Hurricane Matthew, it is critical for us to promote both utility scale and distributed solar throughout our state and our U.S.A.! This is not only for the fact that Florida needs to live up to its name sake, The Sunshine State, but the fact that much of our state revenues depend on tourism, and therefore our air and water quality plays an important part of our state’s income. Furthermore, the climate change or warming of our planet earth would speed up the process of our disappearing coastal cities (esp. Miami). This is another reason why Florida should make strong effort in supporting solar energy to flourish, to slow down the climate change and warming of our planet. Don’t forget the fact that solar energy is the source of energy that cannot be exclusively possessed by few nations on earth. Therefore widespread use of solar energy would prevent potential warfare among nations for the sake of fuel. Finally, it is undeniable that we are progressing toward the Clean/Renewable Energy Future, whether the politicians like it or not. The sooner our politicians accept this fact and learn to adapt to the Clean/Renewable Energy Age, the better off we all will be, in terms of state economy, business, individual standard of living, and our beautiful environment of state of Florida .

Therefore, it is particularly frustrating that my and your dollars spent on our utility bills are being spent on promotion for something that will potentially destroy the solar industry in Florida, the Amendment 1! So, please bear with me for continuing to post about Amendment 1, reminding Floridians to VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1 IN NOVEMBER !!! I may not have multi-million dollar advertising budget, but I do have Windermere Sun….so, let’s help our beloved Florida to be worthy of its name sake by spreading this message of need to Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November ! We don’t want the solar growth and solar industry to be destroyed as it did in Nevada by a similar measure in Amendment 1.

If you care about The Sunshine State and would like to insure our worthiness of this name, want to see solar industry and economy to flourish in Florida, forever be able to enjoy our wonderful air quality, and usher Florida into the Clean/Renewable Energy Age, VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1 IN NOVEMBER !!! Because……

  1. Amendment 1 May Block Out The Sun

  2. We Need Fair Value of Solar, Not Amendment 1

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4 September

Sun Is The Future Team At Kiva Ranked 4th at Kiva This Week

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Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva ranked 4th place in month of

Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva ranked 4th place on Sep. 3, 2016


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Hurray! Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva ranked 4th place today, after: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, The Mindful Bunch, and Carnegie Mellon University teams! Thank you, team members, for a job well done! With Amendment 4 being passed in Florida and Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva placing in top ten teams at Kiva, it is a Fantastic Week for Solar future!

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We want to spread more sunshine throughout the planet earth by increasing opportunities that would make this planet earth a better place to live. This is accomplished via micro-finance. With as little as $25, any one is able to participate in helping another entrepreneur on planet Earth via the platform of Kiva.
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We are hopeful and optimistic that sun, water, wind, and geothermal energy will lead us into a world free from pollution and war. Let us earthlings look for ways to make this a reality! Sunisthefuture Team supports entrepreneurs from USA and various developing nations in starting/maintaining businesses in solar energy/renewable energy/recycling/energy efficiency.

Click on “Loans” and “Members” at Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva web site to see which small businesses we’ve supported and who are members on Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva.

To see what Green Loans are currently needing help to be funded, click on “Lend” on top of the page, then select (placing a check mark inside the box next to…) for “Green” under ATTRIBUTES in the left hand margin. At the end of the transaction, be sure to click on “complete order” in order to complete the transaction. Then check to see if the number of loans has been correctly added for your individual profile and for the team you’ve attributed the loan to.

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1 September

Yes, Amendment 4 Passed In State of Florida! Brighter Solar Future For State of Florida!

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Below is a repost from our sister publication, Windermere Sun.

Firework, by Saifon Narongrat (brought to you by WindermereSun.com)

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The votes are in. Amendment 4 passed with the vast majority of Floridians across the state voting YES to support solar power in the Sunshine State (at 73% vs. 27% margin, the measure needs 60% to win)! The victory would not have been possible without the effort of  thousands of volunteers and organizations throughout Florida that worked tirelessly to get the necessary votes. Thank you for all of your dedication and support.

This is a huge step to usher the Sunshine State from being blocked

Sun blocked by clouds, by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Sun blocked by clouds, by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker

into the Solar Energy Age and on the way in becoming a leader in the solar industry!

Sun is shining, no longer blocked by clouds, by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Sun is shining, no longer blocked by clouds, by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Amendment 4 will help Floridians to lower energy costs by reducing the tax burden for solar equipment. With lower taxes for homeowners and businesses, more solar energy development is anticipated for Floridians to lock in energy savings, create jobs, spur economic development, and bring much needed diversity to Florida’s energy mix!

Solar Panels Reflecting the Sky, by Debbie Mous, brought to you by WindermereSun.com

Solar Panels Reflecting the Sky, by Debbie Mous, brought to you by WindermereSun.com

Solar Growth by huntr004, brought to you by WindermereSun.com

Solar Growth by huntr004, brought to you by WindermereSun.com

This is just the beginning of opening up Solar in the Sunshine State! If you are interested in supporting good solar policy and defend against anti-solar attacks in the future, click here to request a vote-by-mail ballot this November-become a Florida Solar Voter today.

Solar Panels by Neville Mecallef, brought to you by WindermereSun.com

Solar Panels by Neville Mecallef, brought to you by WindermereSun.com

Now, Floridians, please remember to Vote “No” for Amendment 1 on November 8 because it’s  a Trojan Horse that the utility companies are using to block further solar development. More on Amendment 1 in a future post.

 


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16 August

Costa Rica May Be Small, But With Big Ideas

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Did you know that last year Costa Rica was able to run on only clean renewable energy (from hydro, geothermal, solar, wind, and biofuel) for 299 out of the 365 days in 2015? In order to get to the finish line during our marathon of transitioning toward a clean and renewable future, we need to address the issue brought up by Monica Araya of Costa Rica. It is important for us to also move onto electric transportation vehicles in order to achieve healthy and clean future for our future cities. It is important to break free from vehicles running on fossil fuel.

As the temperature arrives at its highest level since the recorded history of homo sapiens, as the suicide rate of Indian farmers  and farmers from elsewhere continues to rise, and various other signs and symptoms associated with climate change picking up its respective pace, there is greater need to slow down the climate change, CO2 emission, and to speed up our transition not only to solar and renewable energy sources, but also to EV (electric vehicles). We all need to act fast! Have you started researching for your EV’s?

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31 July

Elon Musk Opens The Tesla Gigafactory!

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Time to pop the cork from the champaign bottle! I can’t wait to share this video with you! Elon has done it again!


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22 July

Aquila, Solar Powered Internet Service Providing Aircraft

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Wow, truly, we are at the final frontier! Facebook has just announced the first successful test flight of a high-altitude solar plane to bring internet access to remote parts of the world (where 1.6 billion people reside) currently without mobile broadband network. Back in March of 2015, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook had been testing drones in the skies over UK. The Aquila drone has the wingspan of an airliner, weighs about a third as much as a car, and consumes only 5,000 watts (equivalent to 3 hairdryers or a powerful microwave ) when cruising. It was developed in Bridgwater, Somerset, by Ascenta, a designer of solar powered drones that Facebook bought in March of 2014. Facebook plans on having Aquila as a fleet of solar powered aircraft that will provide internet to people in sub-Saharan Africa and other remote regions currently without online access. Once they are fully operational, these high altitude planes will stay airborne for up to 90 days at a time and beam broadband coverage to a 60-mile wide area on the ground, availing internet to people in under-connected regions.


After months of flying scale models, the Facebook Connectivity Lab finally completed first full-scale test flight and provided much data on Aquila’s performance on autopilot, batteries, motors, radio, displays, ground station, aerodynamic handling, structural viability, and crew training. The low altitude test flight lasted for 96 minutes (more than three times the originally planned mission length).


Some of the future challenges will need to be faced are:

  1. During the winter, solar panels need to collect sufficient energy during short days to keep the batteries charged over long nights (up to 14 hours at a time).
  2. Higher energy efficiency and lower mass battery systems continue to be needed
  3. Aquila continues to be optimized
  4. Overall need to reduce the cost in order to insure that the project would be viable.

Jay Parikh, Facebook’s head of engineering and infrastructure, said in a blog: “We’re encouraged by this first successful flight, but we have a lot of work ahead of us … In our next tests, we will fly Aquila faster, higher and longer, eventually taking it above 60,000 feet.”

 

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14 June

Aussie Couple Living Soulfully Off The Grid

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I’ve been busy with some projects recently. Now that I have returned to Sun Is The Future, let’s resume by easing into several lay-back topics. Namely, did  you know that there’s been a Tiny House Movement in recent years? It’s a perfect outcome for our new age of 4R’s (Recycle-Reuse-Repair-Reduce). Above is a video of an Aussie couple (Mr. & Mrs. Paul Chambers….sorry, don’t know wife’s name) who had begun building a home out of two shipping containers as a project. But when Mrs. Chambers got tired of suburbia and utility bills, they put their four-bedroom home on the market and his project became the couple’s full-time home. Check out Paul’s ebook: www.buildshippingcontainerhouse.com)

Chambers’ choice of shipping container was motivated by the fact that they did not own any land and need for easy mobility. His background as an engineer-teacher-adventurer enabled him to take on this project without having had any background in formal building training. His forte is in the fact that he believes that any one can do anything that he/she puts his/her mind into it. He’s picked up the skill of welding, building, etc. along the way. Without an initial fixed design, Paul simply started with a concept and learned and adapt along the way. The Chambers have built an off-grid mobile home with 2 shipping containers using 12-250 watt solar panels and 2 storage battery packs normally used in golf carts. They are able to run normal household appliances (such as refrigerator, chest freezer, washer (with both hot and cold water), bread machine, 3 computers. The main difference is that they use electricity during the day time when electricity is being created. Careful monitoring and back-up generator brings greater assurance even on rainy or cloudy days. Australian sunshine produces some very high temperature days. There is more than enough sunshine to help power the air conditioning needed for a pleasant environment. However the couple’s preferred cooling method is better ventilation through opened windows and cargo door. Couple of 12 v car outlets are placed in their container home to charge cell phones and to power their modem for internet. To increase the strength of the signal for their modem, they’ve installed an external area on the roof for directional antenna to increase the signal strength. Their sunroof has multiple functions: protecting the couple from radiant heat, harvesting for electricity from solar panels, and harvesting water from the rain via pipe into a collection tank at the side of the house, side of the firewood shed, and added catchment by the kitchen. Their water is then filtered through a 20 micron sediment filter for washing and showering, and additional filtrations for drinking water (down to 0.5 microns, removing germs, pathogens, and heavy metals). Living with natural water from the rain is much more pleasant than the town water with much chlorine in it. There are also detailed description on composting for growing plants.

Fundamentally, the Chambers use the electrical energy generated from the Australian sunshine, using it when the sun is shining and not at night. “It is ridiculously easy,” Paul commented. Batteries are fully charged between 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. By 4:00 pm, they’d stop using the non-essential items to avoid draining the batteries. By 6:00 pm, they’d only be using their computers (which takes up very little power). They’ve gotten to the point that they no longer need to worry about power while others in the area have been experiencing power cut and are having a difficult time.

I invite you to view what this couple have done to live naturally in the Australian Bush country, with wild life of abundance around them. I hope you will enjoy this video as much as I had.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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