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Domestic carbon credits 😁

  • 24-12-2022 12:37pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,963 ✭✭✭

    Just for fun..

    Domestic carbon credits. Discuss.

    (Solis informs me that I've saved 12t+ of carbon since installation 🤨🤔)

    🌦️ 6.7kwp, 45°, SSW, mid-Galway 🌦️


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,231 ✭✭✭con747

    I had 12 tree's planted and saved 3.62t up to the last firmware update and now it seems Solis cut 9 of my tree's down because I only have 3 now and 3.62t saved. 😕

    Post edited by con747 on

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,349 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Sounds like they're holding you ransom, use more solar or they'll chop down more trees

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,349 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    I like the idea of carbon (or general pollution) taxes as a way or discouraging certain behaviours

    Credits are a good way to offset the costs of this in principle, however it's a difficult balance. Does having a couple of trees in the garden offset getting a load of plastic bags for your shopping?

    Enforcement also seems almost impossible except in a few cases. Bottle returns and stuff like that are easy.

    So is measuring exported solar electricity, although the argument is that the feed in tariff is effectively a carbon credit

    Stuff like measuring acreage of trees is almost impossible for a domestic setting

    Overall, it's a nice idea but I'm not sure it's workable in most cases

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,153 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    How do you install firmware onto trees? I would love to do this with some trees around here to make them suck up more CO2😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,349 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    I'd love a firmware update to the plants to make them water themselves and stop dying

    I swear Windows ME was less hassle...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,851 ✭✭✭paulbok

    First root the tree.

    Then pull latest branch off GitHub.

    If you don't get stumped, you can then log off.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,757 ✭✭✭antoinolachtnai

    A carbon charge (an ETS emission allowance) is charged when you use fossil fuel electricity. You save this amount when you don’t. So you are already getting the benefit of a ‘credit’ of sorts.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 18,428 Mod ✭✭✭✭slave1

    11.57t of C02 emissions saved according to Solis

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,349 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    So is that part of the reason SSE and Energia are cheaper, because they're green electricity suppliers (theoretically)?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,757 ✭✭✭antoinolachtnai

    Sort of, but it's hard to say to what extent.

    This has nothing to do with you having a 'green' supplier (which is achieved with guarantee of origin certificates).

    To explain it a bit better think of a period with no wind. The coal plants at Moneypoint are called into action. These are the most carbon intensive units, as you can imagine. This cost will inevitably have to be passed on to you, the punter, no matter what supplier you are with.

    The price varies ( but at the current price of 84 euros a tonne, the impact is a couple of cents per kWh of fossil fuel generated electricity, depending on source. It could be up to 9 cents or so on the ex-vat unit of electricity from coal generated electricity.

    The idea is that there is an overall quota of allowable emissions at EU level. Every year this quota is reduced by around 4 percent. This drives the price of allowances up, to make it less and less attractive to develop fossil generation and more and more attractive to develop fossil-fuel free generation.

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