It is clear that Britain has an energy problem.
Articles: decentralized renewable energy projects (7)
Solar capacity is growing. Rapidly.
Powered by solar panels and biomass, microgrids are spreading slowly across India, where 300 million people live without electricity. But can these off-grid technologies be scaled-up to bring low-carbon power to tens of millions of people?
•Berlin to buy back grid and go 100 percent renewable •Big Energy Battle: An Unlikely Effort to Buy Berlin's Grid •German town goes off the grid, achieves energy independence •Crowdfunding and renewables: is power for the people by the people about to come of age? •Where …
•Solar for All •Energy-Efficient Mortgages now widely available in the US •EDF asks would you do the washing when the wind is blowing? •Energy Co-ops Bring Energy by the People, for the People Through Social Innovation •Why councils could be the answer to the energy crisis
Producing your own power is true independence, but all power has its limits. The limit of solar power lies in batteries, which are still expensive, large, and heavy. Designing a solar system to sustain your household when the grid goes down is a lesson in needs versus wants. These become …
What we really need is to invest our capital (both financial and sweat) in community-owned, distributed, and small-scale renewable energy. Why? Because we must fundamentally remake the energy economy as if nature, people, and the future actually mattered.