The benefits of having one large solar plant instead of lots of small ones are negligible, and are certainly not enough to counter long-range transport costs. In the future, the most cost-effective way of delivering power might be to dispense with concentration in favour of a myriad of small and medium-sized solar farms serving cities, towns, villages and even individual homes and business premises.
Anonymous asked: How would you defend your cabin/farm/homestead if a bunch of rednecks with guns decided to come take your shit? Flowers and rainbows? You'll need something to defend yourself otherwise you're just stocking up for the ones with the guns.
My blog is inspired by the desire to find solutions to the profound challenges our societies will face in a future of depleted resources. If it does come to the apocalyptic scenario you describe, I hardly think blowing the brains out of starving people trying to nick my carrots is any kind of solution. The response has to be instead about working together to build resilient local communities so neighbours can rely on each other. Our altruistic instincts are derived from self-interest. Humans are social animals and we cannot survive by locking ourselves away from others and obsessively trying to protect the material possessions we have.
PS. no rednecks here in Wales, so that’s one less thing to worry about.
Anonymous asked: Just curious, what do guns have to do with off grid designs?
Nothing, as far as I am concerned, but, I think ‘off grid’ has connotations with a kind of paranoid anti-state libertarianism in the US, and those with that kind of political culture seem to be obsessed about guns. These people find me, maybe because the blog has ‘off grid’ in the name, but I’d rather they didn’t.
Go away, gun fanatics
A message to all those who follow this blog who display infantile obsessions with guns:
Go away, this blog is not for you.
I could write more, but I really don’t see the point in investing the effort in arguing against people who are so intellectually impoverished as to believe it is a good idea for everyone in any given society to have the right to own weapons that are capable of ending the lives of hundreds of people within the course of a few minutes.