Energy

Test ground for appropriate energy sources:

The Project is not connected to the electricity grid.  Instead, energy needs are met through two systems – one is a mixture of pico-hydro and solar, and the other of wind and solar.  In both cases, the systems supply 220 volts to the buildings. 

A solar panel provides hot water for the main house. 

The water for the pico-turbine is captured from a small stream and transported via pipe about 800 meters to a small tank.  It is then dropped about 70 meters through pressure pipe to the turbine.  The water is then returned to the stream.

wind turbine

More photos of energy solutions

A Nature restoration project shall use small non-invasive and Nature-friendly sources of energy:

- Avoid use of new dams hydropower - kills lots of fish and other freshwater creatures and plants. Transmission lines are deadly for birds and bats.

- Avoid use of high or large wind turbines - kill millions of birds and bats every year. Animals and birds avoid sites disturbed by wind turbines, there are average 50% less wildlife in disturbed sites.

Wind turbines kill up to 39 million birds a year!.pdf

Wind energy is tough on bats.pdf

- Large solar farms seriously harm wildlife:

Effects of Solar Power Farms on the Environment.pdf

Solar Farms Threaten Birds.pdf

Just paint a wind turbine blade to save birds and bats


“Sustainable” solutions are quite often not Nature- or wildlife-friendly, they are environment-friendly.

Independent small sources are not subject to effects in cascades,

are interchangeable and therefore less affected by climate change.

Batteries for solar panels have an approximate life of 10 years. The ones installed locally, under a rural development programme, are coming to the end of their lives without maintenance. As a result a lot of solar panels do not work.