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Earthships – Maintenance of Your Home: Batteries

Many people have asked about the maintenance of Earthship homes through our website, forums and our Visitor Center, and ask about comparing the maintenance to that of a conventional home.   Even though Earthships help to create a self sufficient and free-living lifestyle, it does not mean that there is no upkeep involved.   Earthships create a symbiotic relationship between residents and their homes, which calls for participation in this relationship.

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New York City Earthship: Lower East Side: Electricity

SCHEMATIC DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMS
Ken Ruck | Earthship New York City
(This is a bottom line presentation – support data available on request)

ELECTRICAL

The idea here is to illustrate that the Ruck family can live comfortably without need of municipal electricty from the local power company. We will “hook up” so the possible emergency need can be accomodated but the way the world is going, it could be that the Ruck home will be the only one in NYC that is lit up at various points in the future.

Electricity will be gathered from three arrangements of crystalline pv panel technoology
facing south at various angles and mounted on the structural frame at stategic locations. We will also gather electricity from two arrangements of thin film panels on the east and west. Thin film panels gather more energy from ambient light than do the crystalline panels. This will allow both morning and afternoon power collection. The idea is to gather from all conditions all the time during daylight hours. EXHIBIT I

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Over Half of Germany’s Renewable Energy Owned By Citizens & Farmers, Not Utility Companies


Thomas Kohler/CC BY-SA 2.0

Germany’s promotion of renewable energy rightly gets singled out for its effectiveness, most often by me as an example of how to do things well versus the fits and starts method of promotion common in the US. Over at Wind-Works, Paul Gipe points out another interesting facet of the German renewable energy saga: 51% of all renewable energy in Germany is owned by individual citizens or farms, totaling $100 billion worth of private investment in clean energy.

Breaking that down into solar power and wind power, 50% of Germany’s solar PV is owned by individuals and farms, while 54% of its wind power is held by the same groups.

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