Jim Mora – credit where credit’s due. And solar voltaic water heating.

My ears pricked up when I heard Jim Mora mentioning ‘powerdown’ coming up as a Panel discussion. Made sure I listened. Stephen Franks was the usual mantra you’d ewxpect from that kind, Findlay Macdonald was better – even thoughtful. It is rare to hear ‘Steady-State economies’ being seriously raised by media folk; a big step in the right direction.

  The sad inclusion was a fellow from the National Business Review, as the ‘ring-in’. Straight mantra; all things can apparently be substituted, should the become scarce, t’will always be thus (because it’s been like that for tha last 200 years). The last 200 years have seen a continuous non-lneal use of energy, all finite fossil energy. Sure, he mentioned solar, but transmitted by which conductor? At the end of the day, these folk remind me of Rumplestiltskin – straw into gold, no worries. It’ll happen, you just need the price to be right.

Makes you weep, really. I was toying with a complaint – that an economist had been rung-in to address a physics issue – when Mora suggested the subject might need revisiting in a ‘part2’.

Good on you Jim – I volunteer!

We went to a presentation last night, re solar voltaics as a water-heating source. I’ve been to many a lecture and learned less, the lady sure knew her stuff. Essentially, PV is now so cheap (she was quoting 50c AU$ a Watt) that it beats grid power, which means we will never see another hydro dam. We may well see a plethora of companies installing PV, both water-heating and as power, and inevitably the power companies will buy into the action, Interesting times!

The lady suggested her business model would be a modest upfront deposit, then monthly repayments pegged below the grid cost until repaid; this on an expected outlay cheaper than equivalent water-heaters today.


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