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One more step would be a clever move

Updated: May 18, 2018

Letting the duck* in the water

“The buildings that Californians buy and live in will operate very efficiently while generating their own clean energy. They will cost less to operate, have healthy indoor air and provide a platform for ‘smart’ technologies that will propel the state even further down the road to a low emissions future.” - Commissioner Andrew McAllister

The fact that the California Energy Commission is requesting the installation of PV panels on the roofs of all new houses built after January 1, 2020, is certainly dictated by many reasons.

1/ To give the owner of the house the freedom, or the partial independence when it comes to the supply of electricity, at the same time pushing him to realize what the real cost of the electricity is.

2/ To give the owner of the house, in case of a natural event, the autonomy to relieve the situation when the electricity delivery network becomes interrupted.

At the same time, we must realize that this intelligent mandatory measure given to the Californian house owner, is relaxing the constraint weighing on the State itself in terms of its obligation to feed an always increasing demand. Constructing and maintaining the infrastructure for electricity delivery and the need to “repair” the network whenever it is cut off, are all important implications.

Therefore this means it could be an important saving for the State, that de facto is initiating a kind of PPP, where transparency is necessary to analyze the subject in its entirety.

If the measure adopted in California is certainly well taught of, and it certainly could bring a positive relief on the negative aspects of climate change. We don’t eat, or drink electricity directly, but… WHY NOT TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER? 

For the exact same reasons mentioned about the delivery of electricity, it could be suggested to the owner, not for newly constructed homeowners, but to all homeowners in general, in exchange of some advantages, to equip their residences with an autonomous clean, sustainable potable water production unit (of the AWCD type).

These Production Units are scalable for any production capacity and will be certified with a Warranty of Quality.

Like for the PV panels, the Autonomous Potable Water Unit will teach the owner about the true value of water, the Autonomous Potable Water Production Unit will be available to relieve the consequences of natural events.

The installation by the owner of such a system will give the State the necessary relaxation to think more in the direction of participating in the installation costs.

The ONLY requirement to proceed with such an intelligent measure is to have the access to electricity to run the production process. As California has already taken the first step in the right direction to renewable energy, the loop is closed, and we will have potable water to drink at any time.

This is of course also valid for many other places in the world.

Written by: Jean Pierre Willems

*the duck curve

Graphs by hour of California's total electric load, the total load less solar and wind power (known as the duck curve) and solar power output. In commercial-scale electricity generation, the duck curve is a graph of power production over the course of a day that shows the timing imbalance between peak demandand renewable energy production.

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