Yeti Solar at Island Energy Institute Conference October 31 2013
Yeti Solar was at the Island Institute Energy Conference, October 18th and 19th in Belfast, Maine.This was our first year at that conference, and it was eye-opening.
Since many islands off the coast of New England either run on diesel generators or diesel power stations, it is not unusual for residents to have energy costs of 75 cents per kilowatt-hour. For comparison, the national average is about 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. In other words, here are some people that could really use our solar lighting! A lot of residents, and even businesses like hotels choose to burn kerosene for light because the diesel-derived electricity is so expensive (not to mention noisy and noxious!).
We also had a surprising amount of interest in our solar charging stations. What we found out is that for many islanders, their boat takes the place of a car as primary transit. And, boat batteries have a tendency to self-discharge when left alone, which means not being able to start your boat is a frequent and serious problem for people who rely on their boats to get them everywhere.