Sooner or later somebody was going to realize that you can harvest wind power from high altitudes while using just a fraction of the materials needed to build a conventional turbine, and it looks like the race is on between Google-owned Makani and a Dutch startup called Ampyx to see who can get there first.
Ok so you hear a lot about the Sun being bad for you, sun blisters, sun burn and worst of all skin cancer are all said to be a result of over exposure to the sun, but let’s remember that over exposure to anything doesn’t do you any good ...and there a lot of good reason and scientific evidence to suggest that people who are more exposed to the sun than those who aren’t, are generally happier and healthier. Experiencing 54% of the World’s sunshine, it is little wonder that Africans, in spite of the challenges they face, still smile a lot! So let’s look at a few good reasons why Sunshine people are happy people...
It helps with skin conditions and your immunity – Despite over exposure being bad for your skin, exposure to reasonable amounts of sunlight (or even plenty providing sunscreen is worn) can be beneficial and actually help prevent skin problems like psoriasis, acne and eczema. Sunshine also helps promote your white blood cells, improving immunity and your ability to fight infection.
It’s the best source of vitamin D – Vitamin D is extremely difficult to source from foodstuffs alone, but even minimal time spent with a small part of the body being exposed to sunlight can give the body its healthy ‘daily dose.’ What does vitamin D do for us? - It is essential for calcium absorption, healthy bones and protection against chronic diseases like osteoporosis, Type II diabetes, multiple sclerosis and many common cancers in later life.
It elevates your mood – Obviously healthier people are happier people, but putting that aside, let’s get directly to why sunshine people are happy people – Well, research shows that it lifts your mood and has a beneficial emotional effect. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), sometimes said to be ‘the winter blues’ is a depression specifically caused by lack of sunlight. Just an hour's walk in the morning during autumn and winter months, or 15 minutes a day in sunshine in the summer, can completely prevent this. Sunshine boosts your levels of Serotonin, known as the body’s happy hormone! So you’re not imagining it -you really are more cheerful when exposed to more sunshine! More endorphins are created when exercising outdoors than in, actually elevating your energy levels too.
The Sun has created Solar Energy – Apart from the energy in the body that sunshine creates, the Sun is also the sole source of Solar Energy, something that has made many people who have had the wisdom to use it very happy. It is cleaner than the dirty fossil fuels used to create electricity and so is far more environmentally friendly – something that makes most people happy nowadays ...and best of all, Solar Rental has enabled businesses, schools and Sectional title complexes, without any capital outlay, to make massive savings on their energy bills, improving their bottom line and helping them to grow. That’s enough to make anyone smile and why sunshine people are happy people ! Contact us to find out more about the many benefits of Solar Energy.
"US President Donald Trump has told supporters that his proposed wall along the border with Mexico could have solar panels fixed to it.
Addressing a rally in Iowa, he said the panels would provide cheap energy and help to pay for the controversial wall.
He suggested the plan was his own, saying: "Pretty good imagination, right? Good? My idea."
However, solar panels have been included in designs for the wall submitted by companies.
During his campaign, Mr Trump pledged to build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
He insisted he would make Mexico foot the bill, but President Enrique Peña Nieto has dismissed the idea.
Mr Trump told cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday that he would "give you an idea that nobody has heard about yet".
"We're thinking of something that's unique, we're talking about the southern border, lots of sun, lots of heat. We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy and pays for itself. And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money, and that's good, right?"
"Battery powered cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, offering immediate savings to drivers, new research shows.
Automakers from Renault SA to Tesla Inc. have long touted the cheaper fuel and running costs of electric cars that helps to displace the higher upfront prices that drivers pay when they buy the zero-emission vehicles.
Now research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance indicates that falling battery costs will mean electric vehicles will also be cheaper to buy in the U.S. and Europe as soon as 2025. Batteries currently account for about half the cost of EVs, and their prices will fall by about 77 percent between 2016 and 2030, the London-based researcher said.
Sadly, we South Africans live in a country where electricity tariffs have risen a massive 400% in less than ten years since 2008! We just ‘bite the bullet’ (as we do with so many of the other unjust things we face) and pay up, but should we? - Or more to the point do we need to? From time to time we also face ‘load shedding’ where electricity is not even an available resource for as long as ESKOM choose to withhold it. Little wonder that many more people are looking for a cheaper, more reliable alternative and the surprising thing is that there is just such an alternative which is often ignored – its Solar Energy .
For the average residential consumer it may be a costly alternative, because to the individual home-owner the purchase, installation and maintenance costs can be quite steep. However, South Africa have nearly 2 million residential Sectional Title homes, for whom this is an absolutely viable proposition, because a number of individuals can benefit from one system and thanks to innovative, far thinking Solar Energy companies, like South Africa’s Zeroth Energy , a Solar Rental option is now available to sectional title complexes, making the switch both cost free and seamless. So, as a body corporate or resident of just such a housing complex, read on to learn about 4 great benefits of alternate energy for Sectional title complexes:
If these 4 great benefits of alternate energy for Sectional Title complexes have convinced you, then have a word with your body corporate and make contact with a reputable Solar Rental company today to start executing meaningful change!
Much has been written and spoken about with regard to Solar Energy and the shift from traditional electricity supply to the cleaner, more environmentally friendly energy sourced from the rays of the Sun. Most businesses and educational institutions are aware of the advantages from an environmental impact view point, but still resist the shift due to a few common myths about Solar Energy as an alternative. We say ‘myths’, because that’s exactly what they are and hopefully this article will see 5 common Solar Energy myths dispelled for good!
Myth 1 – It doesn’t work if the Sun doesn’t shine – Wrong! Even some of the Worlds coldest countries, with the least sun shine, can and successfully do use Solar Energy in combination with the normal supply from the national grid – just as it is supplied even here in RSA with our great sunny climate. For one thing, Solar works off UV rays and still works through cloud … just a little less effectively than in full sunshine.
Myth 2 – It doesn’t work properly and can’t keep up with the load – Wrong again ! This has pretty much been dispelled in the paragraph before. The point is that whenever there is insufficient sunshine the normal national grid supply takes over, so the load is always sufficient. You still pay ESKOM, but the saving in energy costs is still massive! To say it doesn’t work is absurd and hundreds thousands of businesses Worldwide can attest to its efficacy and reliability. See this case study as just one example.
Myth 3 – It’s too expensive for the average business to install – This may have been a plausible myth in days gone by, but now with the advent of Solar Rental, it is very wrong! Renting Solar Energy completely eliminates the cost of set-up, which is carried out for free by professional installation experts. Not only does Solar Energy not cost you, but you start to save on energy costs from day one!
Myth 4 – It’s expensive to maintain and has a limited lifespan – This is possibly right if you purchased poor equipment at the outset from a fly by night dealer. If you purchase or rent from a reputable solar Energy supplier it’s once again absolutely wrong! Only grade ‘A’ materials are supplied – panels that have a 25 year warranty and are still producing 80% of energy output at that time. With a good Solar Rental contract, maintenance and monitoring is also cost free and after 10 years the power station belongs to you!
Myth 5 – Solar panels are ugly and will deplete the value of our property – This is so out-dated and so wrong that one would have to wonder where the purveyor of this myth has been hiding! Modern solar panels are sleek and beautiful to look at. A solar power station adds an element of prestige and tells your neighbouring businesses that you are caring of the environment and astute enough to have made the right decision to save energy costs and improve your bottom line. Any future purchaser will also understand the value of the installation, so the value of your property is actually enhanced by the addition of the Solar power station .
As a business owner, school Principle or body corporate for a sectional title housing complex, if you have had these 5 common Solar Energy myths dispelled for good then don’t hesitate to start saving money and do the right thing today – Make the switch to Solar Energy!
Schools, businesses and potential employers all need
to look at what makes the current generation of learners tick. These are the graduates
of the future.
Do you as a business(wo)man, wanting to market your products or services to these young adults, understand their thinking process and therefore their wants and needs? Do you as a prospective employer of young talent, seeking the ‘crème de la crème’ of the educational system, understand what sort of future they seek?
Will you, as a learning institution, experience that you have trained a learner who believes that they have had a good schooling experience? While they are still under your charge, you can make a difference and help to mould what tomorrow’s graduates will demand of their future.
While understanding the mindset of the ‘Millenials’ is still relevant... this is a whole new generation. Sometimes known as ‘generation Z’, they display 3 particularly strong tendencies. They do not like to be directly sold to, they are ambitious and generally more entrepreneurial, and they are very environmentally aware, to the point that they will demand a ‘greener’ future!
We need to be aware is that these young adults, as kids, have grown up immersed in technology. Social media is a powerful force in their daily lives. Besides much of their social contact happening online, they are also being made far more aware of, and learning about, World events than any other generation before them.
They don’t like to be directly sold to
Due to the amazing online shopping opportunities afforded them through the internet, even when they go into a shop they prefer not to be sold to. Sales people should remain at a distance, to be available only if needed. They would rather read the information about available products on an in-store console. Many shopkeepers have taken cognisance of this, offering them the option to buy ‘online’, even whilst still in the store!
They are ambitious and more entrepreneurial
Ambitious and acutely aware of unemployment issues, as well as understanding that they have a better chance of making big money by developing and marketing great ideas, they are generally more entrepreneurial. Good corporate bosses who understand the next generation realise this. Steve jobs said: "It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do. We hire smart people so that they can tell us what to do." He was creating a new culture of high performance ‘ intrapreneurs’ – employees who think like Entrepreneurs!
They will demand a greener future
Not only social media has made the next generation of graduates aware of the massive environmental problem facing our planet; they are living it! Global warming is, with every passing season, demonstrating its presence. This generation has been around for long enough to remember the warnings of recent years and seen that it is already a huge problem. Through social media they see the terrible pollution in places like Beijing. They’ve seen the destruction and damage caused by fossil fuels, used in traditional generation plants.
For older generations, projections of what will happen by the end of the century, 2100, is a concept. For the younger generation, it is a reality that they will have to live through as best they can.
Every learning institution needs to embark on environmental protection awareness programs and demonstrate, in whatever way they can, that they themselves are taking steps to make a difference – that the older generation really does care about the reality facing our children.
Just one way, would be the switch from the current destructive and expensive electricity supply offered by ESKOM, to Solar energy. Thanks to Solar Rental options, this is now affordable and available to all schools.
Hopefully, through this brief, basic understanding of what makes them tick, we as Businesspeople, Employees and Schools can contribute to and ultimately benefit from what tomorrow’s graduates will demand of their future.
At the outset, it should be said that many things can
lead to more, and better, schools. In South Africa, education faces many
challenges. Much has been said about some of the ways the education system is
failing. Corruption amongst certain officials and departments has led to the
under-supply of books, materials and even the building of new schools. These
are all issues that Government schools face, but in this article we look at
just one solution available to all schools. It could ultimately mean, not only
the improvement of established schools, but even result in more schools being
built: a switch to Solar Energy!
Let’s take a look at why the
adoption of Solar Energy can lead to more and better schools.
Massive energy cost savings = a better bottom line = better and more schools.
ESKOM and the municipalities are independent. At the current rate of inflation of traditional electricity supply, every school’s energy bill is exorbitant and increasing at an alarming rate (350% rate increase during the last decade). There is a serious shortage of schools – in the Gauteng province alone (focus-region of this article) there is no place for over 35,000 kids. Thus about 35 large schools need to be built to accommodate the shortfall.
Many school Principals and Government departmental heads have not been informed: with the installation of a Solar Energy power station, a school can be making immediate significant savings on energy costs from day one! “How is that possible” you say, “with the massive set-up costs, not to mention on-going maintenance and monitoring costs?”
Solar Rental as a solution
Solar Energy can now be gained via a rental option which eliminates the cost of installation, maintenance and monitoring. The savings on the school’s energy bill are immediate and make a big impact. The average spend on water and electricity in a government school is around R1 million per annum (Schools are only given enough by government to cover about 3 month’s worth). Given that there are 3,000 schools in the Gauteng province, if we put solar on every Gauteng school today, then we could save the Department of Education around R300m in energy costs! If a school costs R30m to construct, that could help to build 10 extra schools a year, without any more money being spent. It would have been spent on their Eskom bill anyway – it’s just a redistribution of funds!
Profitability means more
Schools are no different to any other business: when the product is improved and the bottom line of the business grows, it makes room for expansion. Apart from the fact that more schools could be built, existing schools would benefit in the form of more and improved:
As a Government Educational departmental head or Principal of a private school, if this makes sense to you, contact a reputable Solar Energy provider for more detailed information on why the adoption of Solar Energy can lead to more and better schools.
The most commonly used form of energy, electricity, is
at a premium and in South Africa in particular where the public and business
are being held to ransom by the country’s prime energy source ESKOM, the price
of this essential commodity could soon be well above the means of the average
man and even force many SMEs out of business. It is of utmost importance
therefore that our learning institutions of today are adequately preparing our
business leaders of tomorrow well ...and so here are 3 good reasons schools
should be teaching kids about alternate energy sources
Perhaps, as you read this you are a decision maker in a school? If you agree with these 3 good reasons schools should be teaching kids about alternate energy sources why not set an example to your learners by ensuring your learning institution makes the switch to Solar Energy right away?
the advent of the rental of Solar Energy, many businesses and institutions are
looking into ‘going green’ and having their own power station on their roofs
for a number of reasons ....and schools in particular have a few really good
reasons to jump on this band wagon right away. So let’s look at why your school
should be renting solar Energy...
So there they are – just a few good reasons why your school should be renting Solar Energy . Contact a reputable Solar Rental company sooner rather than later to become a part of this growing trend ...of not only being seen to be doing what’s right ...but greatly improving your school’s bottom line!
are many good reasons for your business to urgently consider a switch from
ESKOM’s environmentally unfriendly electricity offering to the superior,
cleaner, environmentally friendly Solar Energy option. Articles that talk about
the many benefits of a ‘Solar Rental’ solution are available to read, but in
this article we focus on the environmental issues specifically and set out a
few good reasons that explain why going green with Solar Rental is good for
Your company’s moral obligation – It was succinctly explained in the Zeroth Energy (South Africa’s foremost exponent of Solar Rental options) blog on the urgency to switch to Solar Rental “ For the sake of the next generation, we can no longer, in good conscience, ignore our personal responsibility to act on behalf of Mother Nature, when we have infinitely better, affordable alternatives at our disposal”. The environment around your factory, within your industrial area and extending to the suburbs and towns in which we live are composites of each individual company’s output. If you are, by switching to Solar Energy, helping to eliminate the pollutant fossil fuels utilised by the State’s fuel provider ESKOM, your contribution is significant.
It is great PR – The attitudes of the public are changing, particularly since the effects of Global warming are now being so tangibly felt and the younger generation, even newer than the Millenials, your future customers, will insist on only doing business with environmentally conscious companies. Don’t underestimate the influence of the young on the parent’s purchase decisions. Without even looking to the future though, right now through acting with a social conscience (and how more blatantly can you do so than by having a Solar ‘power station’ brazenly displayed on the roof of your premises) you will endear many new customers to you, who will think and talk differently about your business and ultimately this ‘word of mouth’ is your greatest referral.
Cleaner and greener, also means more greenbacks! - Setting aside how much better you will sleep and your employees and customers will feel about your new found commitment to an improved planet, there are substantial fiscal benefits to being greener too.
With global warming, environmental issues and the preservation of the planet being so front of mind nowadays, many people realise that solar energy is a safer, cleaner, more environmentally friendly way to produce electricity, but most companies have still been dissuaded from making the switch purely for affordability reasons. Now with Solar Energy being made available as a rental option, initial set up, maintenance and monitoring costs have all been eliminated and so the question that companies always used to ask “‘How can I as a medium sized business afford to switch to Solar Energy?” is answered in this article which gives a few strong reasons for ‘why your business can’t afford NOT to rent Solar Energy!”
You know Solar Energy is a better way to go, but people have so many apparently ‘good reasons’ not to ‘go Solar’. In this article we examine 5 of those excuses and show you how they are the very reasons you should be harnessing the sun’s rays to generate your energy! Before we begin though, if you don’t already know, you need to remember this – You no longer need to buy expensive solar panels and have them fitted yourself – there are now excellent Solar Rental options available to many institutions including, schools, businesses, factories and housing complexes, to name a few, which means that what were previously excuses are now 5 good reasons to switch to Solar Energy ...
In this article we look at a few good reasons why, you should consider the Solar Rental route for your business as a matter of urgency. If you haven’t heard of Solar Rental before well the good news is, it is now available. Many feel that switching to solar energy is a massive once-off cost they can’t afford, but you can have your own power station right on the roof of your premises and begin saving money (and the planet) right now through renting as opposed to buying. Just ensure you are dealing with a reputable Solar Energy service provider that can give you a good rental deal ...and by the way, as you no longer have any excuse not to, here’s why you should go Solar Rental right away ....