Electricity

Monte do Casarão generates its own power. Its design focussed on the necessity of all appliances in and around the houses, such as dish washers, washing machines, ovens, toasters and pumps, being able to function simultaneously; we didn’t want any limitations. This meant that the maximum peak demand in that case would be 32 kWs.

The heart of the entire electrical supply consists of four Phoenix Multiplus 48/3000/35 appliances supplied by Victron Energy from Almere in the Netherlands, installed and delivered by Revez-Solar from Beja. These computer controlled devices serve as inverters (inverting the 48 volts from the battery, viz. 24 2V lots into 230 volts), chargers (charging the batteries) and system controllers. The Victron computer ensures that the diesel generator will start when the batteries run low, or when demand exceeds 7.5 kW. The diesel generator then takes over the power supply while charging the batteries.

Since June 2009, the batteries are also charged by 36 solar panels, each with a 1.3 kW output. Thus, the number of operating hours for the diesel generator has decreased considerably. Whereas the generator used to be operational five hours a day, it is now on for less than one hour a day. The Minístério da Agricultara/F.E.O.G.A (EU) subsidized our solar power investment.

In the unlikely event of this ultramodern system breaking down at some point, it’s not the end of the world. The diesel generator will also switch on when we turn the lever.

PAINTINGWEEK

Twice a year- once in spring and once in autumn - Monte do Casarão organizes a painting week. The course is for beginners and advanced students. You can paint or sketch using any technique and any materials you like. The Dutch Jenny Helder will support and coach the students during both art weeks.

Painting weeks in 2019:

April 11 - April 18

October 3 - October 10

 

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OCTOBER

Schilderweek Monte do Casarao

October. Fixed item in October, just before the autumn break, is always the painting week. This time there is something to celebrate: already for the 20th time, Monte do Casarão is a week-long an outdoor painting place, where the students have to work hard, but where they can also relax, enjoy the sun and be served.

The key to the painting week is teacher Jenny Helder. Every painting week (now for the 20th time) she comes specially from the Netherlands to Monte do Casarão to teach, with as much enthusiasm and animation as when she came the first time. The students continue to come back. For now we will go on with this topper.

For the record: the course of April 2019 is as good as full.

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