Powered by the Sun 4

4 12 2011

Data from our solar panels for the months August through to November 2011. Click on the pdf link below for graphs.


But just in case you can’t be bothered downloading the file and having a look, here’s the most interesting graph:

You can see that as we head into the summer months we get a dramatic increase in energy generated compared to the winter months.

Powered by the Sun

2 04 2011

On the first of March we had some solar panels installed on our house.

In total, over the month they have been installed, they have generated 610.2kWh. We have exported 508.2kWh of what was generated (83%), used 120kWh of pure solar energy as it was generated during the day and bought back from the grid 113.3kWh for use overnight when the panels have no sun.

Our average daily solar power generation was 19.7kWh (with a maximum of 28.97kWh and a minimum of about 5kWh on one very wet and cloudy day). Our average daily export was 16.4kWh, we used on average 3.9kWh of solar energy during the day and 3.65kWh imported from the grid overnight (average daily use 7.55kWh). Benno should probably write on his website that Transmog is a solar-run business.

Kisarazu at sunset

15 01 2010

Mt Fuji at sunset. That day we even experienced some rare snow flurries falling at around 3.30pm. The large flakes were gone as soon as they came.

I was researching about Japan’s energy sources today for class. 30% of its energy comes from its 55 nuclear reactions scattered around the country. 60% of its energy comes from imported natural gas (from Australia) and other fuels. Fuutsu, a couple towns south of here, has (the world’s?) largest gas power plant.

One thing I miss is the feeling of being environmental. It’s really hard to feel like you’re being eco – everything is covered in plastic, electricity (heating and cooling) usage is huge due to lack of insulation, most food (apart from rice) is imported (giant food miles), organics are hard to find…