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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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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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To Boldly Go…

A few days ago, Voyager 2 did what Voyager 1 did a few years ago: to boldly go where no Man has gone before! If ever there was a moment to quote Star Trek, this is it.

Click here to see NASA’s video about this event

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Meteorologically speaking, the autumn of 2018 is over, and winter is coming ;-)

Our solar panels are very happy with the three past months, since these months generated more electricity than ever before during this period of the year. Since the efficiency of photovoltaic panels diminishes slowly with the passing of time, the only conclusion must be that there was more sunlight to catch than any other autumn in the last 9 years. The year as a whole wil also be above average, that is already clear now – even when December isn’t supposed to add big numbers to the current total.

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