The noisy standby generator. Why not solar and windmill?

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  • #5556

    chinonso
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    The world cannot be noise free. Live in the middle of a desert while seeking a quite life and it works. Once the standby (I pass my neighbor generator) is switched on, Every thing goes sour. Why not the noise free solar that can as well save u money to run it? Why not windmill that does the same? The bottlenecks of these two amazing breakthroughs are the initial price to install and also the availability of constant and sufficient Energy of the sun and wind. For the former, more panels can be added up to see for insufficient sunlight. For the later, areas with low wind intensity are disadvantaged as wind power cant be harvested. Owing to these explanations,everyone of this generation have their ears wide open to hear that the price tag of solar is reduced such that it becomes easily affordable to the lower class. Until then, the world cannot witness “heaven on earth”.

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    Bitruces
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    I take it you don’t follow Elon musk ,apart from the electric car Elon musk plans to use the same battery technology to power houses , I feel renewable energy can be a major employment generator in Nigeria what we need is just the right modules , who remember the proliferation of charging points allover villages imagine the millions employed via dat means ,fact is like the jump in cell phones in Africa by passing land lines some houses might never see the normal electricity grid

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  • #5615

    Femi Onileagbon
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    I use a big generator with low noise same as the few houses around mine. A visitor to my area would think we were using PHCN light if not for the familiar humming of the generators. Recently, my same-house neighbours brought home an ‘I better pass my neighbour’ and the tranquility of this place has been torn to shreds. The terrible thing is that they have the habit of putting on the generator just when everybody is putting theirs off (10/11pm) because it’s usually cold at that time. On several occasions I have toyed with the thought of passing a law banning the use of generator beyond 12am and I have the feelings that I have to.

    The reason I have referred to this is to show that quite and peace are priceless and apart from the economic potentials of alternative energy sources, the pursuit of peace and quite should be a major factor in getting rid of generators. Add to that the emissions that are dangerous to humans directly (through inhalation) and indirectly (through global warming) then it is obvious that we need safe sources of energy.

    But like the main post pointed out, the financial implication of setting up such alternatives like solar and windmill is huge. Consequently, we still have to hope that the ministry of power, the electricity distribution companies and PHCN will get their acts together and give us constant electricity.

    Meanwhile, how do we help ourselves? May I suggest that when people build houses, they should include the installation of solar plates? To maintain it, a small tax (maybe one or two thousand naira or less depending on the number of tenants) can be levied on each tenant each month for rental houses. I think paying a thousand naira for solar and a thousand naira for PHCN lights beats spending close to six thousand naira on fuel every month. Don;t forget that you still get to pay PHCN bills no matter how many times you use your generator.

    The government at the local council level can also weigh in on this. Assisted by grants, allocations, and donations by well meaning members of the community, windmills can be erected (just as boreholes are sunk) in strategic parts of the local government area. Now imagine each house being powered by solar energy and the community having access to windmill energy.I am fairly certain that with a little bit of moral and financial commitments, we can achieve the above.

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  • #5618

    Bitruces
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    As a rule I don’t like high handed landlords if I may put it that way if the terms for  generator where not clear am.sorry to say it makes enforcing this rules a bit complicated my landlord insist all generators be on the last floor and come with a voice cover that I get , but some folks can’t sleep without fan and I pass my neighbor is they best bet and cheapest alternative

    On the mass proliferation of solar panels and wind mills it boils down to economics would it be viable for a company to pull it’s resources into that area  I dare say yes but here in Nigeria we won’t do it oil has killed the real entrepreneural spirits of Nigeria Kenya has a scheme where people aquire solar panels and Pay instalmentally via credits  and the irony here is that the price of solar panel has fallen due to overproduction in China

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    • #8365

      talklessthinkmore
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      It is a sad situation – Mr. A wants peace and quiet to sleep but Mr. B can’t sleep without fan. Lord help us.

      If there was constant light nobody will drawing out daggers. However, regarding your statement about “I pass my neighbour” as the best bet, I do believe the similar service providers as the one you mentioned going in Kenya also exists in Nigeria.

      It powers a some basic things – some bulbs, fan, tv and laptop, I’m guessing – based on the capacity you signed up for and you pay monthly. They are not paying me to market for them but if Google it up you’d find it and hope it works out for you. Best of luck.

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  • #5670

    Kyarikolo
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    • The solar and the windmill are renewable energy let take for example solar uses sun to charge you don’t have to go and by petrol Diesel it uses inverter to maintain the charge and control the volt.
    • While windmill  uses air to rotate and give light to the house.
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  • #5671

    Femi Onileagbon
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    It is isn’t that one is saying it’s wrong to want to put on the fan especially when there is heat but my point is that we must begin to be considerate. The generator in question gets to the point where the noise is unbearable. I know we live in a nation where noise is like butter on bread -everyone is into it. Outside, churches, mosques, music records sellers, panel beaters and so on produce noise without a care while inside, not a few have the volume of their television, radio or tape players so high that you wonder if there is a party going on.

    Now add to these the noise of a generator or generator(s) with clogged or damaged silencer(s) at 1am or thereabout. Shall we damage our health because of one person’s comfort? Yes, noise pollution can and will damage our health. Many who suffer hearing impairment, hypertension, heart disease, anger issues (hot temper), sleep disturbance, lowering of the immune system and birth defects do so not because of wrong lifestyles because they are on the receiving end of a very noisy neighbourhood.

    Like i said in my earlier comment, I have thought about banning generators after 12am unless the generator is the type that hums softly. If one sleeps around 9/10am, 12am is the time when the body body really begins to relax and blood pressure drops. Biological sciences also teaches us that that is the period when the muscles relax and tissues grow or are repaired. That is why it is recommended that one gets between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. In a country where the majority get home late from work and are off by 5.30/6am, being shocked into wakefulness around 11/12am is a definite no-no.

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    • #8370

      talklessthinkmore
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      This lack of consideration is a big issue in our country. It just made me wonder, are rich people generally more considerate than poor people?

      I know income affects demand but does income influence the level of consideration people display towards others. Could it be that poor people’s blood generally dey hot, pass rich person inside his A/C house and car, so because of that they are more irritable?

      I have noticed that when I leave my place which is slowly becoming a crazy jungle, and visit someone living in a proper rich neighbourhood, the attitude of people change, and they are more considerate even with their driving!….and it’s easy to spot someone not living in the neighbourhood because they start to manifest on the road, overtaken and shunting everyone with no regards for others  🙂

      Did you hear the sad joke about the man trying to be a Nigerian Big man?  I learnt he moved into a former IGP’s street with his very noisy generator. IGP sent someone there to warn him never to ever use the generator again and installed him a silent generator. I don’t know how true that story goes.

       

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