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This is a discussion on Rainwater? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; we have an extended dry season here, what rain we get is cold winter rain, ...

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    we have an extended dry season here, what rain we get is cold winter rain, and most orchids don't do well in it, it also causes bark mixes to rot quickly (which is why you see people saying to repot your cymbidiums every spring) and suffocates the roots in pots. i have a covered balcony, so only the edges get the actual rain... so i am careful what to place there, or move things when it rains, but i often stick buckets out to catch rain when it rains hard enough to bother. the whole rain collection 'crime' thing has set off some people for sure. it is one issue the occupy movement has occasionally attempted to alert people about. the rain water has so much less salts etc in it, it does help flush out the white crust from clay pots better than running them under the tap for 20 minutes, and wastes less water. if i had a house and a yard, i'd collect rain and they can come arrest me if they want. i don;t have the space to collect more than a few buckets where i am now, but i make use of that as i can.

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    Just for reference, the German market have heavy substidiced solar power where you sell the over production from solar cells to the maket for more than you buy. the equipment is/was also substidiced from the goverment. This was the case a few years back and I think it is still valid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    I wish we had some rain water to collect here. It has been the dryest summer on record - since records have been kept here in Arkansas. My pond that I have posted photos of here in the forum is down almost 5 feet. Trees are dying all around. It has been an unbelievable and terribly hot summer. I would love to be able to use rainwater in my greenhouse, but we just don't get enough here to justify the equipment needed. And solar energy - now that is something I really would like to do. I have a field without trees behind my home that would be a perfect place for solar panels. I looked at some kits, but they are really expensive. Germany, well at least the part I saw in Munich and the surrounding areas this spring, is covered in solar panels. All the barns and homes have them on their roofs. Really amazing to see all the windmills in Central Europe too. (Guess this is all a bit off topic, but was on my mind... back to rain water......)

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    the american government does not subsidize solar power, at least not here in california. there was talk of that maybe 20 years ago, but that is not in effect nowadays. our government prefers to give subsidies directly to the poor oil companies that have such a hard time making record profits. i looked into solar power, and to power a real home you need to spend roughly 12 to 20 thousand, and i don't think that included the hook up to the power grid. that cost was just materials and installation of the equipment, but the not the grid hookup. solar is used mostly here for remote cabins on a much smaller scale. but now those people are getting into financial trouble because if they are found using solar, they are required to hook up to the grid, and if the power company has no lines in the area, you have to pay thousands to get them to run lines to your land so you can hook up to their grid. the laws are just designed to discourage solar power from becoming popular, while energy costs are skyrocketing and becoming less reliable. it is a shame, solar power has so many benefits, it can certainly run your greenhouse for heat and ac as needed. i cannot imagine the extra cost to regulate the temp of a greenhouse. small solar collection set ups are becoming cheaper to produce, and more proficient electrical output, but the laws are popping up to make it harder. many apartment buildings in my area took advantage of subsidies that were available in the 80s and had them installed, but they were huge, heavy, and leaked water a lot and broke down, most have been out of service for at least 10 years and are being slowly removed. i think the new systems are much more durable. for a small greenhouse, i'm not sure how expensive, but there were some systems that were designed for a small cabin that were only a few thousand. not sure how well they would power an ac system though, i think that is a large draw of power. those systems were designed to power a tv, a few appliances etc. nothing too complicated.

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    Yep it is still the case, recently I had inquired about it. But it is so funny in any given year on an average Germany clocks roughly 1600 Sunshine hours, Whereas my city Pune in India clocks 3000 SH and a city like San Francisco clocks 2950 SH. So which countries should be subsidizing solar power? Some states in India like Gujrat have started it, hope it soon spreads all over.
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    Just for reference, the German market have heavy substidiced solar power where you sell the over production from solar cells to the maket for more than you buy. the equipment is/was also substidiced from the goverment. This was the case a few years back and I think it is still valid.

    /M

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