Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One Great Thing About the French Islands…

…besides the baguettes, pastries, etc., was that so many of the buildings, both commercial and residential, had roofs full of solar panels.  In other places we’ve seen the odd building or house with panels, but here they were more the rule than the exception.  It’s really nice to see, considering how much sun there is – free energy beyond the initial investment.  We have solar panels on Mr Mac, and don’t know what we’d do without them.  They require no maintenance, and have a twenty-year warranty.  It doesn’t get much simpler than that.  Of course, if you want to store the energy for use when the sun is not out, you need a battery bank, but that, also, is low maintenance.  Chris checks and augments the water levels in our batteries twice per month (it takes about half an hour to do them all), but there are batteries that don’t even require this much maintenance.  It’s really a shame that places like Florida are so backward that they complain about fuel and power prices, but don’t take advantage of what nature provides, especially since they have so much sun.  We also saw a nice wind farm in Les Saintes, the turbines turning nicely in the breeze.  There are those who argue that they’re an eyesore, but how picturesque is a coal-using power plant?

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