The Daily Observer has gathered that there’s an increasing ‘tribal tension’ between two major tribal groups in Sinoe County, the Kru and Sarpo, which might result to ethnic conflict.The County, which is comprised of four ethnic groups, the Kru, Sarpo, Grebo and Americo-Liberians, is being dominantly represented by the Krus in the National Legislature, and reports gathered say that as the political and the electoral calendar draw nears, the tribal tension is ‘building-up’ with threats, insults and friction amongst and between the County’s Legislators and local authorities.Currently, there is “bad blood” between the local authority of Sinoe County, headed by Superintendant Thomas Romeo Quiah –(a Sarpo), and the County’s Legislative Caucus.The Caucus, comprising of four Krus and a Sarpo, are demanding an approval for expenditures from the County Development or Social Fund, but the local authority feels disobliged, being answerable to the Executive Branch – a similar argument Sen. Teahjay raised when he was the then Superintendent.According to reports, Rep. Matthew Zarzar of District # 3 – Sinoe County, who is the lone Sarpo man, is in favor of the Quiah decision.Rep. Zarzar, the former Chief Advisor of the defeated Mobutu Nyenpan re-election Campaign (Nyenpan is also a Sarpo man) and Senator Milton Teahjay, are chief rivals.The two Sinoe statesmen are at loggerheads over the ethnic reasons – majority and minority tribes.Their followers in Monrovia and in the County inarguably buttressed their clash on Capitol Hill, and there is an eminent conflict.Both tribes have resolved to not attend any program organized by opposite tribal person(s) or groups.Besides the disagreement in the use of the County Development Fund, there is a claim that the County must be represented by only ethnic Krus and Rep. Zarzar, on several occasions accused Senator Teahjay of changing the vision and the mission of the Kru 48 Sections, a former social organization, for political gains.Rep. Zarzar, as a strategy against his removal and manipulation of Kru influence, stopped Sen. Teahjay from attending a program or going on a tour in District # 3.The disagreement has resulted into “insult and threats” and there was nearly a fistfight during a “talk show discussion” at the Voice of Sinoe.In June 2015, Sinoe County Superintendent Thomas Romeo Quiah, (a Sarpo) – accused Sen. Teahjay, as the architect of his removal because of ethnicity, when dozens of Sinoe citizens protested against his removal when President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf visited the county in May 2015.Meanwhile, Liberia’s 2015 July 26 Orator, Amb. Charles Minor and the Speaker of the Mano River Union Youth Parliament Liberia, Melvin Sarh are going for an “anti-divisive conference” or a “peace and reconciliation” conference in Sinoe County.Amb. Minor, a senior citizen of Sinoe reiterated that the Krus, Sarpos, Grebos and the Americo-Liberians are all Liberians of Sinoe County or of any other county in the Republic.“Almighty God will give us hearts of flesh and not of stone and the capacity to bridge the chasm that divide us in this county,” Amb. Minor said in his July 26 oration in Greenville this year, “and that the friendship and peaceful co-existence that existed between the first Sapo generation, their hosts the Krus and other co-settlers will be re-kindled and the people of Sinoe will discover that with a new sense of unity, we are strong, Sinokree strong; Sinoria strong; GeCraw strong, and upon that strong foundation we will consolidate our gains and accelerate efforts to develop and grow our communities, our economy and improve the lives of our people.”For his part Amb. Sarh said though it’s difficult to solve bargaining problems, a national conference could be possible to heal divisiveness in the county.He argued that the county’s division is caused by the disunity on Capitol Hill.“If peace would exist in Sinoe County, it must start from the Legislature and between the Legislature and the Executive,” Amb Sarh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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…rehiring to be based only on transferable skillsCanadian mining company Guyana Goldfields has taken a decision to lay off approximately 80 local workers in a bid to consolidate its operations. Any rehiring would be contingent on their skills sets.Guyana Goldfield’s operationsThis position was explained to this publication by Aurora Gold Mines’ Public Relations Officer Leon Roberts. According to Roberts, the company will be focusing its operations at Aurora, located in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). This means that the company will be cutting back operations from its Greenfield prospect, also located in Region Seven.“Yes, Guyana Goldfields Inc will let go of approximately 80 of our Greenfield exploration employees,” Roberts explained to this publication. “This is because the company has taken a decision to focus on our operations at Aurora, and consolidate on same while we pull back on exploration activities away from our main site,” Roberts confirmed.The layoffs, meanwhile, are expected to take effect from next month. It is understood that the mining company would make an effort to rehire the redundant workers, but according to Roberts, this will be done on a case by case basis.“With respect to re-absorbing some of the employees who will be laid off, this will be on a case by case basis, as an evaluation is made of whether they possess transferable skills that could lend to them being engaged in our operations at Aurora,” Roberts explained.The Aurora mines achieved commercial production in January 1, 2016 with output of 151,600 ounces of gold, in line with the company’s upwardly revised guidance of 140,000 to 160,000 ounces.Guyana Goldfields has long had a major role to play in the local mining sector. Government had announced shortfalls in gold production for last year. Budgeting for 694,000 ounces, what was actually recorded was 653,674 ounces. But according to data from the Bureau of Statistics, only Guyana Goldfields remained on production target.Catering for 160,637 ounces, the company actually produced 168,112 ounces. The other major gold producer, Troy Resources Limited, produced 66,024 ounces, falling short of its target by over 3,000 ounces. In comparison, small and medium scale miners were expected to deliver 482,613 ounces of gold. For 2017, they delivered only 419,538 ounces.Last year, the Finance Ministry’s half-year report had showed contractions in certain sectors when compared to the corresponding period in 2016. The declining sectors had included sugar, livestock, forestry, mining and quarrying and even the bauxite industry.In particular, the mining and quarrying sector had contracted by 4.0 per cent during the first half of 2017. Gold production fell by 1.7 per cent to 317,096 ounces in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.Gold prices are currently $1,206 per ounce. A recent spat between US President Donald Trump and Iran saw prices jump to $1,234 as demand for the metal increased on the international market last month.
Theo Walcott has rubbished claims he has fallen out with Arsene Wenger and has upset Arsenal chiefs.The winger has under 18 months to run on his current deal and reports have claimed that he is demanding more than £100,000-per-week to pen an extension.That is said to have caused tension within the club, and there were claims the Walcott had a run-in with Wenger during a training session last week.However, the reports have come as a shock to the England international, who insists he has yet to open contract talks and remains on good terms with the Gunners boss.“I don’t normally comment on false stories about myself but reports about contract demands & bust-ups with the boss are complete nonsense,” Walcott tweeted on his account @theowalcott.“There have been no contract talks as yet and my current focus is not on contracts but on doing my best for Arsenal FC.” 1 Theo Walcott
A man caught driving at 126kph on the outskirts of Letterkenny has been fined €250.Michael Herrity, aged 27, with an address at Donnybrook in Dublin, was stopped by Gardai at Dromore on the dual carriageway on July 21st, 2017. Herity, who was driving a black Ford Focus, was given a ticket by Garda Paul Smith but it was not paid.Judge Paul Kelly fined Herrity €250 when the case was brought up at Letterkenny District Court.Man caught speeding at 126kph was last modified: July 5th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
MINOR FOOTBALLSean mac cumhaills 3.06. Naomh Colmcille 0.08Mac Cumhaills progress to northern championship semi final with two legged victory over Newton In extremely wet conditions Newton got first point but Stephen Mulligan replied with two points, one of which from beyond 45m. Newton fought back hard with two points of their own but Mulligan replied to leave it 3 each. Mac Cumhaills got their goal when Danny Mc Geehan followed up an attack and when the ball came rolling back of the keeper he smashed it into a packed net (HT 1.03-0.03)Newton came out firing and going in hard for every ball and got back level. Mac Cumhaills defense were working overtime to their credit and kept the scores down. The decisive period in the game arrived with ten mins to go, a high ball into Newton goal mouth broke to Aaron Kelly who drove the ball into the net on the turn.A minute later a great pass over the full back had Mulligan in for the third goal and he made no mistake.Further points from the every willing Dorian and Gavigan saw mac Cumhaills finish out the battle. Fantastic team effort again in horrendous conditions!!!TEAM: Eoin Farrah, Chris Mc Cafferty, Conor Griffin, Karl Hughes, Conor Lyons, Ciaran Tourish, Daniel Gallagher, Cormac Muldoon, Nathan Gavigan, Conor Glackin, Stephen mulligan, Danny Mc Geehan, Douglas Mc Daid, Aaron Kelly, mark Dorian.Subs; Shaun Friel, Michael duignam, Oisin Merritt, Philip doherty.Under 14 Ladies FootballThe game against Termon was abandoned at half time due to torrential rain. Will let you know when the reschedukled match will take place.IRISH DANCING CLASSES Irish dance classes every wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha.Adult keep fit non competitive Irish Dance Lessons will begin shortly. For further information contact Lorraine on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etc BINGOThe Bingo will take place in Jacksons Hotel this week. The Snowball Jackpot is a massive €6,600MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week.Numbers drawn were 7,16,19 AND 24.There was 1 match 3 winner.Paddy McGuire receives €150€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsSellers this week are John Lillis’s teamThe jackpot will be €6,000 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks, hurls and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in Jacksons Hotel this week at 8.30pm.GAA NEWS: AARON KELLY STAR OF THE SHOW AS MACCUMHAILLS MARCH ON was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bingoGAAlottoMacCumhaillsnewsResults
Letterkenny will know tomorrow if it has been named Ireland’s Top Tourism Town by Fáilte Ireland.The Cathedral Town has been named on a shortlist of the ten top contenders from across the country selected for its inaugural Tourism Towns Award.The Awards will take place tomorrow at a lunchtime ceremony in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. The shortlist was announced earlier this year at the National Tidy Towns Awards.As well as Letterkeny, the other finalists include Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, Clonakilty, Co Cork, Dundalk, Co Louth, Ennis, Co Clare, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny, Killarney, Co Kerry, Portmagee, Co Kerry, Trim, Co Meath and Westport, Co Mayo.The Tourism Towns Award was designed by Fáilte Ireland to promote those Irish towns and villages which are working hard to enhance their appeal to tourists visiting their local area. The overall winner announced will receive a €10,000 grant towards developing itself as a tourism destination.Anticipating tomorrow’s announcement, Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn emphasised “This new award is an important step towards recognising those Irish towns and villages which are working hard to make Ireland even more attractive for tourists. This invaluable work also benefits their communities and the local economy”. This new award is being piloted as part of the National Tidy Towns Competition. All the towns which finished among the top 100 Tidy Towns in last year’s competition were deemed to have met the basic criteria for eligibility and were invited to take part in this new tourism award scheme.A subsequent long-list of 46 was drawn up. Following scrutiny from a panel of independent assessors, the shortlist of ten was selected.Mr Quinn added “A good tourism town is not only a ‘Tidy Town’ – although first impressions are very important and a good clean environment is crucial to visitor appeal. What elevates a ‘Tidy Town’ to a ‘Tourism Town’ is the role that whole communities play in welcoming visitors and telling the story of their local area and add significantly to the enjoyment that visitors have.” LETTERKENNY NAMED IN TOP TEN OF IRELAND’S TOP TOURISM TOWNS was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyTop Tourism Town
DONEGAL’S rising soccer star Carl McHugh is celebrating tonight – after he played superbly in helping Bradford City knock Arsenal out of the League Cup.The Lettermacaward native Carl played the biggest game of his professional career as the Yorkshire club took on the English Premiership side in the quarter final.The game finished 1-1 at full-time – and 30 minutes of extra time failed to separate the sides. So it went to a penalty shoot-out and Bradford won 3-2.McHugh had a fantastic night in a game which saw Arsenal take more than 63% of the possession.And he defended superbly, helping to launch several counter-attacks against the millionaire Gunners.Carl’s close friend – Donegal GAA star Patrick McBrearty – was amonng the 23,900 crowd at the League Two side’s ground to cheer on City. In the shoot-out Bradford twice failed from the spot but Santi Cazorla, Marouane Chamakh and Thomas Vermaelen missed with their efforts to the delight of the Bantams.The home side took the lead when Garry Thompson met a free-kick from the right with a sidefoot volley.With seconds of normal time remaining, Vermaelen headed in from two yards to send the match into extra-time.What made the win by the League Two side more remarkable was the fact that Arsene Wenger fielded a full-strength Arsenal team – something he has never done in the League Cup before except in a final.There were even groans at Valley Parade when the visiting team names were given before kick-off. But 120 minutes of football later there was nothing but cheers.WHAT A SCALP! McHUGH CELEBRATES WITH BRADFORD HEROES AS THEY KNOCK ARSENAL OUT OF CUP was last modified: December 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:WHAT A SCALP! McHUGH CELEBRATES WITH BRADFORD HEROES AS THEY KNOCK ARSENAL OUT OF CUP
Tags: kefa kisalambarara city fcPaul MucureeziPaul NkatatopUganda Premier LeagueWakiso Giants FC Wakiso Giants lost both of their last two games. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Wakiso Giants FC vs Mbarara City FC Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Saturday, 05-10-2019 @4pmWakiso Giants FC will take on Mbarara City FC in ine of the seven Uganda Premier league games to be played on Saturday.The Purple Sharks have seen a deep in form lately after a decent start to the season.After taking seven points from their first four games and going on a three match unbeaten streak, things have turned for the worst for Kefa Kisala’s side.They have lost their last two encounters, losing 1-0 to Bul at home and then 1-0 to Onduparaka in their last outing.The result have not been welcomed well by the Wakiso faithful and the team is expected to make an instant positive reaction.Ahead of the game, Kisala also thinks that it is high time his side started picking points again.“We can not afford to drop more points, noted Kisala.“We have been unlucky in our previous games as we got results that our performances never deserved.“We have a game to try and correct that and we must react.”Wakiso Giants are expected to still be without the injured trio of Yasin Mugabi, Yasin Mugume and Aggrey Madoi. Muwadda Mawejje also joins the list of absentees and will not be available on Saturday.For Mbarara City FC, they returned to winning ways on Wesnesday as they defeated Busoga United 2-1.It was the perfect result for new head coach Paul Nkata who replaced Brian Ssenyondo at the helm.The victory was the Ankole Lions’ second of the season and it took them to eight points.Currently, they are one point and spot ahead of Wakiso Giants, meaning that the winner on Saturday climbs ahead of the other.Nkata will be hoping the duo of Paul Mucureezi and Brain Ahebwa-who scored on Wednesday-will be lethal once again in Mbarara’s quest for three more points.Match FactsThis will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides as Wakiso have only been elevated to the top flight this season and were founded last year.Wakiso enter into the game having won only two of their first six games in the top flight (D1 L3).At home, they have lost just once so far (W2 D0).For Mbarara, they have also won just twice this season (D2 L2).Away from home, Nkata’s side are yet to taste victory this season (L1 D2).The other games on Saturday-Busoga United vs SC Villa @1pm-KCCA FC vs Bright Stars FC @3pm-URA FC vs BUL FC @4pm-Maroons FC vs Onduparaka FC @4pm-Tooro United FC vs Kyetume FC @4pm-Vipers SC vs Proline FC @4pmComments
Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts – both of whom are passionate about entrepreneurship and job creation – have started the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts (both in middle) with business owners who are involved in the Ukama Kitchen Incubator. Isaacs says the incubator aims to preserve heritage and culture through a celebration of home- baked and cooked food. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanTwo South African women who are passionate about both the food industry and entrepreneurship, have opened the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Through the incubator, unemployed women can cook or bake in a certified kitchen, explains co-founder Cariema Isaacs. This way, the women’s products will be compliant with government standards and policies, and sellable in a consumer market. The incubator was opened in December 2017.Isaacs, who wrote Cooking for My Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, says the vision of Ukama is to transform home cooks and bakers who sell their products to support their families, into fully fledged entrepreneurs.Calling them foodtrepreneurs (food entrepreneurs), she says the plan is for the cooks to reach a bigger target market, both locally and internationally, in the future.WatchA certified kitchenCo-founder Janine Roberts says a facility needs to be certified by a regulatory body that inspects the facilities and certifies them safe to make food items for the retail market. “We are certified by Intertek and we are also halaal certified by the South African National Halaal Authority.”Roberts, who has more than 14 years’ experience in the packaging industry, adds: “Women who work from home kitchens are not able to get their products listed in the formal retail market because of health and safety regulations. Retailers need to ensure they only buy from suppliers who work in facilities that are complaint with health and hygiene requirements.”Being compliant means the cooks are able to sell to national retailers such as Pick n Pay and Checkers.For the past ten years, Roberts, a serial entrepreneur, has focused on social entrepreneurship. Her company, Ukama Packaging Solutions, is a multi-stakeholder collaboration – a bridge – between clients seeking packaging services and micro-entrepreneurs providing the labour.In addition, she established the Ukama Community Foundation, an NGO linked to the company that every day feeds about 200 children from Vrygrond in Cape Town.She has received the Tony Elumelu Foundation Top 1000 African Entrepreneurs award, as well as the Spark International Changemaker award in 2015.Behind the scenesUkama Kitchen Incubator sets up equipment for, training and development of small business owners.Foodtrepreneurs already have products on the shelves at the Ukama Kitchen Incubator, which they have sold to customers. “These entrepreneurs have products such as biscuits and shortbread, samosas, smoothies, traditional atchars and Cape Malay jams.“[We have our] very own barista, who is also disabled and we really wanted to give him a chance to manage our coffee bar,” says Isaacs.BootstrappingThe money for the business came out of the pockets of Isaacs and Roberts, although the former says their challenge is lack of funding. They have set up a Kickstarter fundraising page and so far have received several small donations. “[Due to] the lack of funding our existing product lines are focused on longer-life shelf items such as pickles and konfyt [jam].“For items where preservatives are required, such as our curry and pasta sauces, we’d have to approach a food technologist and the cost per product, per hour, per consultation is exorbitant at this stage,” says Isaacs. “We simply cannot afford it, and we would like to help these women.”Writer Melissa Javan asked Isaacs more about the Ukama Kitchen Incubator:Melissa Javan: You said you wanted to change the landscape of home cooking and baking. How do you plan to do this?Cariema Isaacs: Yes, we feel strongly that our kitchen incubator will change the landscape of home cooking and baking businesses, because there are various benefits that are derived from producing products in a commercial kitchen.The aunty who sells her biscuits in the community will always only have access to her direct neighbours, friends and family.The foodtrepreneur, or business owner, has access – through the kitchen incubator – to knowledge and skills related to logistics, buying and selling, branding, marketing, recruitment, networking, accounting and the necessary business acumen one needs to run a successful brand and business. The same aunty is now not just selling, but she is learning business skills that will equip her to focus on profit generation, rather than on just making ends meet, collaboration and management of clients.MJ: Are you still fundraising for Ukama Kitchen Incubator on Kickstarter?CI: Yes we are. We’ve not managed to receive any funding apart from small donations and support from other business partners and brands.MJ: You wrote a cookbook about Cape Malay cooking. Is Ukama going to focus on Cape Malay cooking?CI: Many of our foodtrepreneurs had been following me on social media, so it was easier for them to contact me about becoming part of this initiative. Our intention is to focus on South African heritage fare, but we also recognise the current popularity of halaal cooking and baking, and it would be foolish not to capitalise on this trend.MJ: Why is an incubator necessary for people who want to take their home cooking and baking to the next level?CI: It allows for a broader target market, and an opportunity for the entrepreneur to market their products through a commercial and certified kitchen that complies with all hygiene and safety regulations. It’s also a chance to become a fully fledge entrepreneur supported by training, mentorship and coaching.Cariema Isaacs, co-founder of Ukama Kitchen Incubator, says cooks at the incubator will be able to export their products through Ukama’s commercial kitchens. Through the initiative, South African expats will be able to get from home products “the way mom made them”.MJ: How did you and your business partner meet?CI: Janine constantly has people coming to see her asking whether she can market or package heritage food such as jams. I was approached to help a co-op of unemployed women based in Bo-Kaap, who wanted to draw tourists to their homes for cooking classes.I contacted Janine about my own product range, which is due for release in 2018, which may have included the Bo-Kaap co-op. Janine spoke to me about collaboration and the idea of starting a kitchen incubator. We put our heads together and decided to start a company and build a vision for our brand; in less than a week the Ukama Kitchen Incubator was registered.MJ: What can people who join the Ukama Kitchen Incubator expect?CI: First and foremost, we are a family, as our name suggests – “Ukama” is a Shona word for family. We work in teams while still being able to maintain our individual products and skills.There are also areas that some newbies may find overwhelming, such as working in a commercial kitchen where rules and regulations apply, where we are pedantic about our packaging, labelling, presentation and hygiene standards.Through all of this, we also have fun and learn from one another and we always praise hard work and skill.MJ: On your Facebook page, you speak about your recipe swap with Sri Lankans. Are you planning to teach people at the incubator some of these recipes?CI: Oh my gosh, yes! I think in my past life I must have been a guru or coach or a mentor. I love teaching and sharing ideas and learning from others. I am also enrolled for part-time studies at the International Institute of Culinary Arts Dubai to attain my diploma as a chef, and I feel I can bring much of that knowledge to our kitchen incubator.MJ: Can you give us two lessons you learned in business?CI: Being an entrepreneur is hard work, but one of the most gratifying roles I’ve ever had. Every part of yourself is in every facet of the brand and the business and that, for me, speaks of my own ability to adapt and transform.Stay in your lane, don’t focus on who you think the competition is and what they might be doing – be true to your own vision. The vision should be your North Star and whenever you feel low or lost, that will bring you home again and again and again.Source: UkamaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members A very small percentage of U.S. homes are off the electricity grid — far fewer, for example, than in Africa. That said, North American designers of off-grid homes often end up posting questions on GBA.To help this subset of builders avoid common design errors, I’ll share what I’ve learned from living in an off-grid house for 42 years. Off-grid homeowners use less electricity Off-grid homeowners have a much stricter energy budget than owners of grid-connected homes. This is due to simple economics: off-grid electricity is expensive — on the order of $0.50 to $1.00 per kWh.Sure, photovoltaic (PV) modules are relatively cheap. But batteries and gas-powered generators (or propane-fired generators) are expensive, and those of us who live off the grid need batteries and generators — because the sun doesn’t always shine.During certain seasons, off-grid homeowners are likely to have an energy surplus. InVermont, for example, a 1-kW PV system that produces 48 kWh of electricity in the month of December will produce three times as much electricity (145 kWh) in the month of May. If weather forecasters predict three days of sunny weather in May or June, you can plug in extra hairdryers, do several loads of laundry, and vacuum the house. But during a snowstorm in the middle of December, you’ve got to be careful about energy use. That’s when you will be using your broom instead of your vacuum cleaner. House design issues You can power your off-grid house with a micro-hydro system or a wind turbine if you want, but by far the most common way to generate off-grid electricity is with a PV system.If you have a large lot, you probably want to install a ground-mounted PV array. If you live in a snowy… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in