Power from the people

Power from the people

26 March 2019
EnergyTransition
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Energy transition: politicians talk about it and ecologists dream of it. But for us citizens, are we supposed to just watch and wait? Now’s the time to move into action and many start-ups have understood this and are going all out to offer us solutions. Because we can’t hang around waiting for blue chips and the governments to act for us – we need to act for ourselves. The production of centralised energy is reaching its limits and the answer seems pretty clear: we need to produce our own energy. We then have two options of what to do with this self-produced electricity: either sell it on to the national grid or use it at the point of production. Lower feed-in tariffs and rising electricity prices mean that the option of energy self-sufficiency is currently gaining popularity. But there is one other important variable – the problem of intermittence with electricity produced by solar panels, which is the easiest way for households to generate power. The basic issue is that there are currently no effective ways of storing the electricity produced so households have to juggle production and consumption, which is no easy task. Fortunately, a number of French start-ups have come to the rescue – with offers such as MyLight Systems and Evasio by Solorea, getting a return on investment in solar power equipment has never been so easy.

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