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October 27, 2013

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Solar powered pyramid

Pyramid power

Ever see an off-grid pyramid? Well you are about to. This is the video story of Greg Grant, who began his off-grid existence slow and small.

He didn’t put a lot of money into his project. What he had was land, lots of natural materials, a great bunch of talented and helpful friends, and a unique vision. He chose to make his off-grid home out of short straw-bale walls, but with a steeply pitched, pyramid shaped roof.

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People

Bye-bye Lulu

Lou Reed lived off-grid on his final yearsLou Reed was known as Lulu to his friends. It was his gay name, given to him by Andy Warhol.

He went off the grid in 2010, when he learned he was dying.

He started producing ghostly photos – anticipating his future.

We wrote about it at the time, here: https://off-grid.net/2010/02/07/take-a-walk-on-the-wild-side/

You can find out much more about his bisexual years with the Andy Warhol circus here

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Energy

Utilities enter the Death Spiral

offthegridnews,eric valli, utilitiesElectricity and water rates are set to rise sharply because so many households and business are now generating their own power and managing their own water supply. The Utility company fixed costs are not going to change however many people close their accounts and go it alone. So those costs have to be paid by a shrinking pool of consumers.
Utility executives even have a name for the nightmare scenario which more and more solar panels, or boreholes or wind turbines could create – they call it the “death spiral.”They fear solar’s rapid spread across homes and businesses, combined with the increasing efficiency of modern buildings and appliances, could slowly erode the utilities’ ability to generate profits.

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