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Coming Soon: DIY Solar Panels Made Out Of Grass Clippings

Coming Soon: DIY Solar Panels Made Out Of Grass Clippings | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Today’s solar panels are made with relatively expensive materials in factories. The manufacturing process isn’t always clean. Tomorrow’s solar panels, on the other hand, may be manufactured by anyone--from enterprising citygoers to people living in remote, off-grid locations--with access to a high school-level lab, agricultural waste, and a small plastic bag of "stabilizing powder."

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Real wealth: Howard T. Odum’s energy economics

Real wealth: Howard T. Odum’s energy economics | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Money and market values cannot be used to evaluate real wealth from the environment. - Howard T. Odum

 

Odum’s energy economics begins with an understanding that energy provides the foundation for all life processes, but that all energy is not equal. As energy is transformed through an ecosystem, quantity decreases as concentration increases. Odum coined “Emergy” to account for the variations of energy quality. In Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Making (1996), he explains how energy provides for “real work” and “real wealth” in any biophysical system including a human economy:
Understanding the economy requires that both money circulation and the pathways of real wealth be represented together but separately. Money is only paid to people and never to the environment for its work… Therefore, money and market values cannot be used to evaluate the real wealth from the environment. When the resources from the environment are abundant, little work is required from the economy. (1996, p. 55)

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The Rough Guide to Community Energy: A free book about running community energy projects

The Rough Guide to Community Energy: A free book about running community energy projects | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

What can we do to create sustainability in our own communities? How can local people work together to save or generate energy and tackle climate change? The Rough Guide to Community Energy has the answers.

 

- Local energy groups – how to set one up and keep its momentum going

- Types of project including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, CHP and energy efficiency

- Getting a project off the ground, from fundraising and planning to construction

- Real-world advice from successful groups all over the UK

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Hepburn Wind

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Hepburn Wind is the owner and operator of Australia’s first community owned wind farm.
The 4.1 MW wind farm comprises two turbines and is located at Leonards Hill, in Central Victoria, just south of Daylesford and approximately 100 km north-west of Melbourne. 

 

On Tuesday 6 December we were named winners of the Australian Sustainability Awards in the infrastructure category.

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Masonry stoves: how to make one from recycled paving slabs

Masonry stoves: how to make one from recycled paving slabs | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Reader, Steve James, sent in this brilliant design and build for a Kachelofen, a fast-burn efficient masonry stove...
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Power the economy and grid with local solar power [Infographic]

Power the economy and grid with local solar power [Infographic] | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Sunshine falls everywhere and can be harnessed by communities everywhere. That's why community-scale solar is the best option. Take a look at this infographic to find out more.

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Indian villagers’ lives transformed by new energy delivery system

Indian villagers’ lives transformed by new energy delivery system | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The provision of ultra-low cost lighting and mobile phone charging services to individual houses by building and operating solar-powered micro grids at a village level.

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Shareable: Blazing A Trail For Community-Based Clean Energy

Shareable: Blazing A Trail For Community-Based Clean Energy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In order for Davis to be a leader in energy efficiency as well as production, they had to find a way to harness the sunlight without jeopardizing the trees. So San Francisco-based CleanPath Ventures collaborated with the City to build a small solar farm just outside the city limits.

 

The farm, called Photovoltaics for Utility Scale Applications or PVUSA , is the nation's largest, and oldest community solar garden, currently serving 33 meters for the City of Davis

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Embark -

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Embark is a non-profit organisation focused on accelerating the uptake of community renewable energy projects by providing practical capacity-building tools and seed and investment funding.

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A magical meter and friendly competition help one community dial back energy use

A magical meter and friendly competition help one community dial back energy use | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
When the residents of a small island in Washington learned that the electric company was planning to build a new substation to meet rising demand, they geeked out and came up with a better idea: using less energy.

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New Silent ‘Eco Whisper’ Wind Turbine is More Efficient Than Three Blade Models

New Silent ‘Eco Whisper’ Wind Turbine is More Efficient Than Three Blade Models | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
An australian company has created a turbine that is nearly silent and with its solid turbine will help save the lives of birds around the world.
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