Saving Our Planet With Solar & David Attenborough’s Doco


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Key points:

  • Our only way forward is saving our planet with solar, wave and geothermal energy sources.
  • Using David Attenborough’s own lifespan to frame the environmental changes of the last century, A life on our planet uncovers how the world is changing and not for the better.
  • A life on our planet might not be the movie we want to see in 2020 but it is one we need to see.
  • A life on our planet is a call to action.

Known for his soothing voice and charismatic narration on some of the world’s most compelling animal documentaries, David Attenborough’s latest doco A life on our planet addresses some of the serious issues facing, our environment, our animals our species and our future.

For those that catch the viewing in the cinemas (out now), an exclusive conversation between Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Palin can be heard as they review their passion for the planet and the strategies for saving our planet with solar.

Wanting to watch from the comfort of your own home? A life on our planet will be available on Netflix from the 4th of October 2020.

A Life On Our Planet

Acting as a final “witness statement’ A life on our planet explores how the earth has rapidly changed over just the time frame of Attenborough’s lifespan.

Born in 1926, Attenborough reflects how his passion for the natural world has also turned into horror as we pass through ‘a series of one-way doors, bringing irreversible change’ to our planet.

In the sobering and wonder-filled film, flashes of spectacular animal footage are overlayed with hard images of the human population expanding, forests being flattened and carbon emissions being released into the air.

In a soft voice choked back by the onset of tears, Attenborough comments “ We are facing nothing less than the collapse of the living world- the very thing that gave birth to our civilization. The thing we rely upon for every element of the lives we lead.”

The Message

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In an interview with 60 minutes, Anderson Cooper asks the legendary wildlife filmmaker, “you call the film a witness statement, a witness statement is given when a crime has been committed?” Attenborough quickly replies with “well a crime has been committed.”

Attenborough goes on to say “if we act now we can put it right” if only we “learn to work with nature rather than against it.”

So what is the key message here? How can we undo the wrongs done to our planet?

As a start, Attenborough highlights that we must replace all fossil fuels with solar, wind, wave and geothermal energy.

For food, large no-fishing zones need to be established to give fish stocks a chance to regenerate.

On land, we need to reduce our farming and agricultural lands by half to give wildlife enough space for biodiversity mechanisms to recover. This can be done by minimizing the amount of meat we consume and switch to a more sustainable plant-based diet.

Although Attenborough’s solutions are not new, the hope is that with the support of such a public figure real change can finally be actioned across the world starting with how we source our energy.

How To Save the Planet With Solar

Want to be like David Attenborough and start fighting for our planet? Why not install solar?

Installing solar panels on your home reduces your carbon emissions, reduces your electricity bills and reduces your reliance on fossil fuels.

Because our government knows that Solar is Australia’s future, there are still some amazing rebates, subsidies and incentives for those looking to install. For an average sized residential solar system there is up to $3700 available in rebates to help you kick start your solar installation.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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