Cape Town - A Rondebosch couple living virtually off the grid are not only running their suburban home off the power of the sun, but are generating a surplus of energy.
Dr Anthony Keen, a former lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s medical school, uses the excess power to charge up his electric car, a Fiat which he had converted near Pretoria.
“I can glide around the streets of Cape Town on solar power,” he says, although not for too long as it only does between 150km-200km before it needs recharging.
Keen and his wife Rosemary don’t have to worry about load-shedding, high electricity or water costs - in fact they haven’t had a power bill in years.
The couple resolved to become more energy-wise more than three decades ago after spending a year sailing on a yacht from Cape Town to the Caribbean and Scotland with their three children. They learned to live with very little water and electricity and be reliant on nature.