Inspiring Alternative Energy Project
(Marico, North West, South Africa)
Are you complaining about energy costs while flicking the switch? Two artists in Groot Marico, using renewable and redundant materials to create their artwork, choose to work on alternative energy solutions.
They have built biogas systems, ram pumps, waterwheels and wind systems. They have built these essentially from scratch; mainly redundant, old, alternative and renewable stock was used. They have created a web page on renewables where they share their artwork, products and stories.
They were also involved in alternative/renewable energy supply on a farm nearby. Photovoltaic panels were used to produce electricity for the main house, three cottages and stables. Ram pumps were built to pump water to the tanks and stables. Horse manure was used in the biogas system for the stove and freezer.
They also built small waterwheels using old fixed magnet DC motors as generators, which deliver more power than the most expensive PV array.
Recently, they were also commissioned to build a wind generator for a weekend farmer. Work on this will be finished shortly and it will be the only wind generator in the Groot Marico Valley.
While I was with them I realized something. It is easy for the consumer to criticize the provider. My question is to the consumer: What are you doing about your situation except for flicking the switch and still complain?
By Antonnette Viljoen South Africa