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Actually, no – I may not have published many posts lately, but laziness isn’t the explanation. I have more than 450 items in my list of “potential topics to blog about”, and I’m finding it harder and harder to decide which of those are still worthwhile writing material. I really need to review that list and start deleting the least interesting subjects. But that may take some time…

Today I can report that the solar electricity production number for April is (finally) incorporated into the overview on this site. April 2019 delivered 96% of what I expected, but that was significantly more than the three previous April’s. Still, the month was colder than last year, just like the first days of May – a year ago, we were burnt by the sun on a hot day while attending a wedding reception; today, the temperature hardly rises above 10° C (and it feels colder because of a strong north-western wind!).

 

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I know it’s already April, but I did not want to publish the low solar energy production numbers of March on April 1st. Many readers might have thought I was joking, and that is not the case. Here’s why: March only produced 133.760 Wh of electricity, and that is just a fraction above last years March numbers and 25% below what I expected. Let’s just hope that this is not setting a trend for the future.

Another update is worth mentioning, at least for users and fans of the Samsung Galaxy S7: I was able to install the March 1, 2019 Security patch and the assorted updates on March 26th. This is what your S7 should tell you about its software, at least here in Belgium:

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December 2018 and January 2019 were disappointing months, when we speak of their number of hours of sunshine and the corresponding solar electricity production. But February 2019 made up for that, thanks to a (very) sunny week at the end of the month!

If all goes well, we will reach the 20th megawatt-hour somewhere this summer. No, our panels do not cover our total electricity consumption, just a part (somewhere between a third and half). Getting them was a serious investment almost 10 years ago, and we couldn’t get our hands on more productive Solyndra panels at that time…

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PS. Just for a change, today was a very gloomy day. Even darker than yesterday!

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Raspberry Pi Gets Even Cooler

Where did they get their inspiration, I wonder?

More details can be found on TechCrunch: “The Raspberry Pi store is much cooler than an Apple Store“.

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Usually, December is the gloomiest month of any winter. But during the first half of this year’s January I was convinced the situation would be reversed! But – as usual – a few sunny days later on made January a sunnier month than the previous one, although the electricity production from our panels was below what we expected. Onwards then, with less gloom and more sun.

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2018 may have been a sunny year, but today, January 5th, was the opposite: a very dark day. It is the first (and hopefully the last!) day of 2019 that our solar panels were unable to generate any measurable amount of electricity…

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Meteorologists have confirmed it repeatedly, these last few days, and our photovoltaic panels agree: 2018 was a sunny year! In fact, during their stay on our roof only two years produced more electricity: 2010 and 2011 – which are not accidentally the first years after the installation.

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Climatologists have been saying for a long time that climate change will manifest itself through more extreme weather. I suppose warmer and dryer summers here in Europe are an example of that, just like droughts in Syria and California, no?

 

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