A smile on a stick! Our dabble with solar power…

We met Bab’s on a calm sunny day in the wilds of West Penwith in Cornwall. Bab’s smile could be spotted from the end of the street- signaling that we had arrived (without getting lost for a change!).

A solar powered radio was playing from the rooftop. Apparently this worked beautifully in Senegal… it wasn’t fairing so well in Cornwall however, cutting out every now and then, even on this sunny day!

 

 

Like a lot of people we were thoroughly confused by solar power. My Dad had told me that you’d need to have solar power for 10 years to make it financially worth it. So it was good to learn about solar power from someone in the know and dispel some confusions. Here is Bab’s story-

Bab’s knew about solar power like my nephew knows about superman- very well and with enthusiasm! It was good to understand how solar works and learn about who can have it (not every roof is suitable).

For Bab’s installing solar power is not just about climate change (he laughs, “you cant save the world by just doing solar!”) it’s a rewarding way of “doing his bit”. This is a view that a lot of people we have spoken to this year share… no matter how big or small… they’re just doing what they can. It strikes us that this is a much nicer way to think about climate change than feeling guilty about the things we’re not doing!

Thank you Babs!

Lost on the Brecon Beacons- meeting Chris

In August last year we were lucky enough to be scaling the side of a ‘mountain’ in the Brecon Beacons…

“turn left, turn right, recalculating”

The Sat Nav was well and truly lost and confused, and was quite honestly driving us mad. We turn this off and crossed our fingers that we were climbing the right mountain.

At this stage there is only one way… up! 10 minutes later and we are still heading up. A quick phone call to Chris (who we are hoping to meet, if we can find him!) and some reassurance to just keep going. Over the cattle grid and past a flock of sheep, and we finally reach Chris’ house! The Brecon Beacons were stunning, the sun was shining and Chris was lovely.

We all sat down (us and the two dogs that is) with a cup of tea (not the dogs) and chatted about making Chris’ digital story.

So here it is:

 

Quite honestly until I heard Chris’ story I had no idea what micro hydropower was… it sounded fancy and complicated! Listening to Chris we are struck by how simple micro hydro is. And as Chris points out it makes perfect sense for this area… there are hundreds of streams, plenty of rain, and steep hills (as we know from our earlier drive!).

As with some of our other blog posts, Chris is just a normal guy doing something positive for communities in his area, in response to climate change. Chris talked enthusiastically about helping communities to set up micro hydropower in the Brecons and clearly goes above and beyond to make this happen.

Thank you Chris!