Next Up : Alternative and Renewal Energy Solutions

My next article will discuss how we can look at creating micro-grid and mini-grid energy solutions for both the hood and other parts of the world such as Africa. Meanwhile, I want to share a very good video on how a self-managed mini-hydro plant created economic activity to a small village in Nepal. I really love this video and cannot wait to publish the full article on how brothas and sistas can create energy solutions for ourselves and help create bring infrastructure to Africa.

7 thoughts on “Next Up : Alternative and Renewal Energy Solutions

  1. This is an area in which I happen to know a thing or two about a thing or two. The grid concept is key inasmuch as it implicitly requires collective or community level involvement in order to reap the benefits. The primary barriers to moving forward and implementing these collective measures are twofold.

    First, there’s the question of awareness. Folks are by-and-large energy illiterate, don’t know how to read that meter, don’t follow their own energy consumption patterns, and just aren’t paying attention. So to get something started, the first thing we have to tackle is awareness and I believe this is best and most easily accomplished by working with kids who are the primary consumer influencers in many households. You get little kids up to speed on energy issues, they will get their mothers, grandmothers, neighbors, church members, etc…, knowing about and hearing about this topic nonstop.

    Second, there’s a question of utility company resistance to mass or collective literacy and empowerment. Now that we’re in the middle of the fracking driven natural gas glut, the utility companies have no incentive to allow their rate payers to try and mosey off the valuable monopoly reservation. So, utility companies will resist and oppose whatever your try to do in this area like it was their job. This is the main barrier to entry that I encountered several years ago when I was trying to get an energy literacy curriculum for the hood off the ground.

    These things said, I found out what became of our boy Denmark Vesey, not the blog, but what he’s up to. He has taken that whole foods, raw foods theme to an unexpected level of polish and marketing finesse. peep iwifresh.com and geteov.com and see for yourself. Something like this would go a long way toward helping boost folks awareness of and interest in being more energy competent. I’m looking green-eyed at how some Apple alumni tee’d up on this space https://nest.com/

    1. I came to the same conclusion you reached about the issues. I know about battery banking and STEM comes into play. I also know about the utility companies scheme to keep people paying to access their energy infrastructure. The biggest and most exciting is the micro-hydro power plants that can power a village above, totally off-grid and self sustainable.

      1. Ironic how those who have nothing are SOOOO much easier to work with for their own betterment than those with even just a little bit but set in their ways and with very hard heads. To me, in any neighborhood with a majority of homeownership, there are big benefits to be gotten from collective solar, windmill, and my personal favorite – small-scale thermocoupling http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/hydropower-geothermal/4331401

        For any of these things to work to scale and be a good investment value, you need a group of homeowners to go in on it together, imoho – if only for the battery systems to store your off-grid generation when not in use.

  2. When I wrote the initial article, it emphasis collective battery banking in African villages to store energy but standalone battery banking here in the hood.

    When it comes to collectivism in America I just have thoughts of two African-American arguing when one says “get your hand out of my pockets” and run off and shoot a Black visionary who look like Malcolm X.

    I cannot see collective battery banking in African American communities because one person want to wash their clothes 3 times a day without regard to their neighbor well-being.

    There has to be a ground up movement here in Americs but then again, I rather move to Africa first and go off-grid with the locals than try to argue with stubborn African-Americans.

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