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Solar IS Civil Defense PSA

by gmoke
Thu Apr 26th, 2012 at 08:40:21 PM EST

Solar IS Civil Defense - what we are all supposed to have on hand in case of emergency - flashlight, cell phone, radio, extra set of batteries - can be powered by a few square inches of solar electric panel.  Add a hand crank or bicycle generator and you have a reliable source of survival level electricity, day or night, by sunlight or muscle power.

This is also entry level electrical power for the 1.5 billion people around the world who do not yet have access to electricity.  Civil defense at home and economic development abroad can be combined in a "buy one, give one" program like the Bogolight ( which is a solar LED light and AA battery charger.

Solar IS Civil Defense and could be much more.


I wish the mainline environmental groups had been broadcasting practical material like this for the last twenty years or so instead of devoting almost all their advertising to scaring us about climate change.

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More solar civil defense and economic develoopment?
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You don't need anything as complex as PV and electronics to make a difference, if as much effort were poured into low grade solar thermal for heating and cooling we'd cut 60% of domestic energy use.  Getting people to use a clothes line would be good too.
by njh on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 02:31:53 PM EST
so true...

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by melo (melometa4(at) on Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 04:48:49 PM EST
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