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Andy enjoys the sunshine outside 'The Shack' - while solar panels charge up the batteries. Photo: Solar Events.

My solar life

Andy Hope

15th January 2014

Andy Hope has been working with solar power for over 25 years and pioneered renewable energy at festivals. He talks to The Ecologist about his passion for sustainability and his self-built, off grid home - 'The Shack' ... more...

Twelve by twelve: a one-room cabin off the grid & beyond the American dream

George Wigmore

3rd June, 2010

William Powers' new book is an interesting but at times tedious account of off-grid living more...
Electricity pylons at sunset

Can our electricity grid cope with all the new wind power?

David Strahan

27th April, 2010

Wind energy finally seems to be moving somewhere in the UK, but without some new techniques, our grid is simply not going to cope with this flood of new green power more...
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CASE STUDY: Alan Simpson MP - my super energy-efficient house

Ecologist

1st May, 2006

Alan Simpson, MP for Nottingham South, is on a mission. ‘We can’t survive this century unless we change fundamentally the built environment and move from thinking of buildings as consumers of energy, to thinking of them as generators of electricity.' Ben Willis meets the rarest of breeds, an MP who’s walking the talk. more...

First island power grid being used in Wales

Ecologist

9th September, 2009

Renewable energy created on-site can now be used instead of being exported to the national grid more...
Working on a wind turbine

Three positive reports hammer home wind message

Eifion Rees

13th July, 2009

Inconsistent wind is no impediment to the generation of electricity by turbines, three separate reports have concluded, as well as showing that the National Grid is more than able to cope with increased investment in wind energy more...
Offshore wind turbines

New offshore wind farms could power every UK home

Eifion Rees

26th June, 2009

The findings of a strategic environmental assessment open the way for an increase in the number of offshore wind farms, which could produce enough energy to power every household in the UK more...
An old electricity meter

Government pledges smart meters for all by 2020

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

As the Government commits to a high-tech revolution in the home - meters that can be read remotely and may help alter energy habits - questions are raised about data security... and whether any of us will be interested more...
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How to live differently

Rachel Clode

13th March, 2008

Stressed out and living for the weekend? Breaking free may be easier than you thought... more...
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National Grid plans to use ‘carbon targets’ to measure managerial staff performance

News

15th April, 2009

Missing your targets can lead to trouble in any job, but electricity operator National Grid is set to be one of the first organisations to evaluate its staff on their performance against annual carbon budgets. more...
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Taking your spare room off-grid

Nick Rosen

11th April, 2008

So you want to go off-grid? Or maybe you want to find out what it’s like before taking the plunge? How about taking one room of your house off grid? It’s a less expensive way of learning the technology, before committing yourself. more...

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