Capacity, Design & Back-up Supply (Author: The Economist) A real life true journey of a South African family to go off-grid on sustainable energy supply and usage. Capacity: How big must my solar system be was probably the first question that we needed to answer back in 2014. Every family will have its own needs,… Continue reading Solar Power in South Africa Part 4: Capacity, Design and Back-up Supply; Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa
How’s your Solar in Winter? (Author: The Economist) Winter sneaked up on our solar electricity system during July 2015. We hardly took notice of the change in the length of a day before installing solar and now it matters. We lose up to 6 hours in daylight from the longest day in summer to… Continue reading Solar Power in South Africa Part 3: Solar & Seasonality, Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa
My vegetable garden is entering its 8th year and it has been a long journey of trial and error, many a dead or diseased plant and lots of research into various facets of food production along the way. As I have mentioned many times, organic gardening principles are not properly integrated and do not provide… Continue reading Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 3): Integrated Organic Gardening
Global horizontal irradiation is the most important parameter for evaluation of solar energy potential of a particular region and the most basic value for PV simulations.The maps are free for public use, their reproduction and adaptation is authorised provided the following source is acknowledged: SolarGIS © 2015 GeoModel Solar Must know facts about Solar Batteries… Continue reading Solar Power in South Africa Part 2: Battery Basics, Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa.
Sustainable*: 1 maintained for long periods of time 2 use of natural resources without environmental damage Productive*: 1 producing crop yield abundantly and efficiently 2 being worthy or satisfactory Economical*: 1 making the most of resources 2 inexpensive 3 avoid unnecessary waste 4 efficient use of time and energy * Definitions according to… Continue reading Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 2): Conservation Agriculture
Guest Post by the Economist 🙂 The following article was not written by myself (AKA Whisker Flowers) but by our Economist in the house. It is a very comprehensive article on how we got our household solar ready (installed in 2014 and still running! ). This is a full length article but well worth the… Continue reading Solar Power in South Africa Part 1: How to go off grid permanently
I wrote this post in 2014, but is has become even more applicable given the state of South Africa's economy and sky-rocketing food prices. When I started vegetable gardening I didn't think that it would save a lot of money (maybe come out square?). We started the vegetable garden as part of a ‘productive hobby’… Continue reading Starting a Productive & Economical Food Garden (Part 1): Vegetables Worth Growing