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Cradle of Civilisation

Image: Carlos Delgado; CC-BY-SA

At the same time as looking back on the region’s monumental cultural heritage (the image above is the ‘Tetrapylon’ gate to the Temple of Aphrodite) modern day Turkey embraces the future.

South of the Madran mountain in Turkey’s Aegean region, near the town of Çine, a 12MW PV Solar Array is under construction. It is one of a number of sustainable energy projects being built and planned. Before the current site begins to produce electricity, during the long build phase, there is much work to do – and what better way to power the construction tools than with a smaller solar array?Continue reading

The Sun God, Ra

The Sun – our past, our present, our future.

It was the sun, shining into one of Scotland’s beautiful glens which produced the tallest conifer in Europe – at over 64 metres.  And it was the sun that nurtured the Scottish Douglas Fir we used for the latest ‘build’ project in our Straw Bale house – the stairs. It nurtured the Straw Bales and Frame too – but it’s those stairs I want to say a word or two about…

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Halcyon days: Moving on from diesel

Villa Halcyon is situated on Boquete Island, one of the many islands of the Philippines, in the Puerto Galera municipality. Puerto Galera is the most north-westerly municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.

Such locations present many challenges – primary ones being the location, installation and supply of electricity – as we’ve seen in previous blogs where Victron Energy equipment supplier PhilSolar Equipment and Trading Corporation has supplied equipment and provided technical support for clients in Palawan island and Pangatalan Island.

This latest project on Boquete Island has helped the villa owners move on from the hassles of diesel fuel delivery to the onsite noisy and fuel thirsty generator – all 120 litres of it for every 24 hours of use, with all fuel being delivered by sea.

There had to be a better solution. Here then is how Villa Halcyon has moved on, to less expensive, quieter and mostly diesel free days.Continue reading

Emerging from the dark ages


They don’t tell you about the flies when considering building a house using Straw Bales. Because crops are harvested in August or September, before we got our house wind and weather tight we could only watch as flies – by the thousand – swarmed in during the late autumn sunshine to settle in the nooks and crannies of our stacked-bales and made themselves comfortable for the winter. We didn’t hear a buzz out of them until last week when our friends arrived – the first people to sleep in the house-in-build.

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