The simple answer is, love it or not, the Grid is both indispensable and inevitable for the foreseeable future.
Electricity Grid, despite its obvious pollution problems, is the largest single
‘object’ built by mankind. It supplies 15,000 billion kilowatt hours of
energy p.a. and is the essential infrastructure of modern life, reaching into
every home, office and factory.
are many initiatives to try to ‘get-off’ the Grid in attempts to assist the
environment and reduce cost, these initiatives are decades away from practical
reality in urban environments. There are partial solutions to be sure…PV
panels, wind farms and batteries…..but these are intermittent and work only
part of the time…for example, while the sun is shining.
limitations to ‘getting off the Grid’ are probably roof size and the energy
available from it, and the size and cost of energy storage. If you want
to run a washing machine, electric oven, dishwasher, TV, air-conditioning and
heating, and a swimming pool, you will almost certainly not have enough roof
space to collect the required energy. Even if you do, you will still need
the Grid at night and on rainy days and you will need it whether you have storage
batteries or not. There is just so much sunshine arriving on a typical
roof and it is simply not enough for modern living. This is a
law-of-physics limitation and not just technological nor commercial. If you do have a large roof and solar energy to spare, you still need the Grid to share your surplus energy.
The best thing to do, in our view, is to use the Grid effectively, as does Pooled Energy, and wait for the new technologies to become available to help with the current limitations. Pooled Energy has designed their system to integrate batteries and eagerly await the availability of cost effective battery systems which will allow us to offer a wider range of unique services to all of our customers.