Subtitle: Small-scale solar activism in New York – In the Finger Lakes region, activists are taking control of their electricity one rooftop at a time
Utility Dive Editor’s Note: This is the third installment in an ongoing Utility Dive series, “Diary of a Grid Defector.” Each month, Utility Dive’s Robert Walton will report on his adventures setting up an off-grid cabin and exploring developments in distributed energy in upstate New York. We hope his experiences will give our readers an insightful, first-hand look at what life is like at the edge of the electricity system—and how the revolution in distributed energy technologies is changing it. His first two installments can be found here and here.
I woke up to the sound of heavy footsteps in the woods, and some crazy breathing that seemed to be right next to me. First thought, after my heart stopped pounding: I may need better insulation.
It was just a deer, and living out here in the woods means I’ve gotten used to the noise of them crashing around in the night with their bizarre snorts and wheezes. But it probably shouldn’t sound like they’re in the room with me. Because this cabin is definitely not big enough. And now I’m wondering if it’s going to be warm enough.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Click on the following title to link to the article Robert Walton has written about the Yale study, on the “neighbor effect” on solar deployment, which he mentions in this current diary installation: How solar power spreads among neighbors ‘like a contagion’