Darrell Frey, author of "Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm" and also a fellow PA permie, recently mentioned on another list that "Lyle Estelle of Piedmont Biofuels in NC set up an interesting field array tall enough to farm in the shade under the panels."
He's referring to solar panels, and I thought this might be interesting to some of you as it is an EXCELLENT demonstration of stacking functions, and especially in light of Fred's recent inquiry as to how many of us are getting our juice from the grid.
Here's a write-up: http://www.southe...
Regarding Fred's post:
I'm a renter, and am not allowed to install any type of alt. energy source. My landlord is on the property every day, so hiding it is not an option, either.
However, I DO have a solar PV setup for when I eventually move. Being a renter doesn't mean I can't experiment with it at a friend's place (call me stubborn.)
One thing I will note, however, is that any basic, "I'm not an engineer, electrician, or someone who LIKES math" kind of solar pv or even wind generator setup will generally require some type of battery bank. Batteries are generally a non-renewable resource, and highly polluting, even when "recycled". So, I would temper any excitement over affordable alternative energy with lots of knowledge and research, as we still have a ways to go. But I agree that it is important to get off our butts and TRY.
For more info on batteries: http://www.windsu...