Thursday, November 20, 2014
Africa's largest solar farm (325,480 PV modules) is now fully operational!
Jasper solar farm South-Africa
The Jasper solar farm, located near Kimberley in South Africa, is now the continent's largest solar power project.
Construction was completed in October, and it is now fully operational.
With a rated capacity of 96 megawatts, Jasper will produce about 180,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy annually for
South African residents, enough to power up to 80,000 homes.
What makes this even better is that Japser won't stay the biggest solar project for long.
In the same area, in South-Africa, near the 75-megawatt Lesedi project that came online last May, a 100-megawatt
concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) project called Redstone is also under construction.
Look at that scale.
The Jasper Project generated about 1 million man-hours of paid work during construction, peaking at over 800 on-site construction jobs.
South Africa has a goal of having 18 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030, so projects like this are definitely steps in the right direction.
If there's one thing that South Africa has lots of, it's sunlight!
45% of the total project value was spent on "local content" to help increase the positive economic impact on the area.
The project was developed by a consortium consisting of SolarReserve, the Kensani Group
(an experienced empowerment investment player in South Africa), and Intikon Energy (a South African developer of renewable energy projects).
Financing came from local and international sources, including Google and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Intikon Energy,
Kensani Capital Investments,, the PEACE Humansrus Community Trust, and SolarReserve with Rand Merchant Bank.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Coconut Milk Banana Smoothie Ice Cream
1 cup Thai coconut milk, refrigerated and thickened
2 bananas, frozen and cut into several pieces
drizzle of honey, to taste - about 1 tablespoon
Place milk and bananas in the blender and puree until smooth.
Add honey to taste and pulse to combine.
Serve immediately for a soft serve milkshake or freeze for a firmer ice cream.
Friday, November 14, 2014
It’s always sad when a pet we dearly love dies, but I bet some of us haven’t thought about how
much this effects the other pets in our family…
This kitty loved the dog so much and couldn’t sleep unless he was cuddling next to the dog, but then one
day the dog died due to cancer complications, but the love didn’t stop there.
Ever since Charlie the dog died, this sweet kitty has missed him so much that even when she watches a
video of him she misses him and sleeps better.
It’s heart breaking but truly amazing how much this cat loved it’s best friend Charlie…
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
THE CARING OWL.
I am from South Africa and about 4 years ago made friends with a spotted eagle owl that showed up on our farm (most probably it was rehabilitated by someone). The owl got injured and I kept it inside for a couple of months until it was well again. During this time our one old cat found out that no other cats are allowed in my study where I kept the owl and she moved in. I allowed this because she has never in her life caught a bird or mouse and was not interested in the owl at all.
During this period the owl got used to her and they regularly ate steak out of my hand together. Once the owl was OK again I let it out, but it now comes and sleeps inside during the day, hunting freely at night. At the moment I have another injured owl that he adopted and feeds regularly (about 2 rats an evening).
The other night I was working late in my study when the owl came in with a rat. I presumed that he were going to feed it to the injured owl, but much to my surprise he flew towards the cat that was sitting on the sofa and tried offering the rat to her. Fortunately I was lucky enough to be able to take a couple of pictures which I include here.
I could only find one other instance where an owl befriended a cat, but I could nowhere find a picture or anything about an owl bringing a mouse or rat to a cat. Unfortunately for the owl, the cat just sniffed at the rat as she has never eaten something like that before. The owl is however aggressive towards all other cats and will even swoop down and attack them if they come to close to his nesting box in the tree. He however accepts this cat even near his nesting box.
More photos of the Spotted Eagle Owl
My owl feeding the injured owl that I told you about above. (2 broken legs and a damaged wing estimated to be 1 year old),
The owl bringing a mouse, and later on a bat to my wife while she is sleeping!
A young owlet that he helped raise and that we rehabilitated successfully.
What makes my owl so interesting to me is that it is free to come and go as it pleases and lives as close to a natural life as possible. I have in no way tried to train him or force myself onto him and everything that he does comes natural. I am not in favour of keeping birds, or any other animal for that matter, caged up and release all injured birds if at all possible.