This has been going on for far too long, but finally “Digital Rights Activist Ola Bini Declared Innocent By Ecuadorian Court”.

Headshot of Ola Bini

January 2023 was a dark month in Belgium: we had only two really sunny days. As a result, our solar panels managed to produce just 81% of what we expected. On the other hand, temperatures are still higher than normal, and as a result we can see the trees and plants in our garden already getting ready for Spring. Let’s hope the sun follows their planning!

Last year was a very sunny year overall, and we have the photovoltaic production numbers to prove that. The Winter and Autumn of 2022 were more or less average, but Spring and Summer were quite sunny (and warm!). So in the end we can write down a production that is 3.10% higher than the average of the previous years 2010-2021, with only two years significantly higher production – and those two are the very first years of the installation (no surprises there). The contrast with 2021 could not have been larger!

Meteorologists are calling this autumn (September, October and November) pretty average when it comes to the amount of sunshine, and distinctly warmer than average ;-)

Our findings are similar, given that the grass in our garden was still growing rapidly until mid-November – that’s exceptional, and can only be explained with those mild temperatures. An above-average solar energy production number for November (116% of our average) compensates the low performance of September, and does indeed make the 2022 autumn pretty average.

Autumn? Who’s talking about autumn? It has been exceptionally warm in Belgium in October; I haven’t noticed our heating switching on at home, and that is not just because we have lowered the temperature setting in order to save a bit of energy.

The sun has also done its best: our solar panels reported a production of 113% of the October average.

Our summer was (very) warm and sunny; September saw an early autumn replace the heat. In fact, September was rather dark and pretty wet. Our solar panels registered the lowest electricity production numbers for all September months since 2009 !

As Promised…

As promised: the updated electricity production numbers are now available on this site.

August 2022 is indeed the fourth month in a row to exceed the average electricity production numbers for our installation. 114% is pretty remarkable, as far as I can tell, given the age and state of our solar configuration.

I’ll update the numbers overview later.

Despite the gray weather of last Sunday July 2022 was actually quite sunny. Good news for our solar panels, whose production came to 109% of the average of the past decade.

Temse and the river Schelde, Belgium – 2022-07-31

No good news for Ukraine, so far…

Good news again: our photovoltaic panels caught enough sunshine to beat the average electricity production numbers of the installation for the past twelve months of June.

In May, just as in March 2022, our solar panels managed to capture more sun than average – good news after almost a year of rather disappointing solar electricity production numbers for our installation.

Too bad there is only bad news coming from Eastern Europe…

The numbers prove it: our solar panels delivered about 92% of the average amount of energy for the month of April. Not too bad, but hardly spectacular. Apart from the first week of April we did not get any rain at all; the garden could use a bit of water, especially now that everything is growing and blooming…

Lilies of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) or “meiklokjes” in our front yard

March 2022 was quite sunny here in Belgium, and the electricity production numbers from our solar panels prove that: they made 120% of the average March production of the installation. Nice. But. There are too many things going very very bad in Eastern Europe to make me really happy about all that sunshine.

I do appreciate the reaction of the German embassy in South-Africa, succintly but forcefully reacting to a message saying that “R*ssia is fighting Nazism in Ukraine”:

The phrase “Sadly, we’re kinda experts on Nazism” makes it clear to me that this was not just a quick copy-paste message from an embassy textbook.

Even at the beginning of March it was clear that civilians were being slaughtered, in a manner that I would call (institutional) terrorism, and which is clearly in defiance of all kinds of international laws! The situation discovered in the suburbs of Kiev proves that things have only gotten worse since then… and that promises little good for what’s happening in the south and the east of Ukraine.

I’m too frustrated with the way things go in the world to post more or less serious (or frivolous) stuff here. You’ll have to do with the sunflowers in the header above, to symbolise my sympathy for yet another population smashed by unnecessary violence. I’m breaking my brain over how to get the world to rid itself of power-hungry egotistic maniacs (and no, killing them isn’t the way)…