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  • Re: Totally lost

    Try the store here, they are excellent and we have mutually referred each other over the years. If you have time it is best for you to slowly learn all of this. In the end few will be there to help offgrid when you really need help. Good Luck!
  • Re: Cost effective backup system, with future solar

    If you do switch to propane down the road, convert to a propane generator. During a major outage the gas stations can't pump fuel and you will run out. Our town was evacuated for 7 days and 5,000 people left. Many tried to stay but they ran out of gasoline and it was hot and smokey without cooling. They came home to science projects in their refrigerators and had to take them to the dump. All of the grid tied homes had gasoline generators with 500 gallon propane tanks. Not a good plan!

     A few of my grid clients had the SMA secure power inverters with LG inverter refrigerators and they ran during the day and did well unattended. You just have to plan for it!

    Offgrid was a piece of cake as it is a normal day!  Good Luck!
  • Re: Inverter/charge controllers compatible with Lithium Ion profile

    Great! another useful thread turned into ?  Good for Banzai attacks!  Hang in there Simon!
  • Re: Need to run 24 volt loads off a 48 volt bank

    Here is another meaningless statement, I have been battery backed up for 25 years.... It definitely did not cost me $50,000. The Utility told me long ago I would be begging for them to connect me and they wanted about $100,000. Other than the yearly fire season preparation, it is a joy to be remote from all the hustle and bustle! We love it!
  • Re: An "alternative coupling"?

    Estragon said:
    Insurance companies are in the business of collecting and investing premiums. They are not in the business of paying claims beyond a level that induces people to keep paying premiums.

    They know odds better than you or I do, and over a large enough sample, insurance is always a losing bet - no different than a casino.



    My point was really that they do not know the odds. One company came out 5 years ago and saw that there was 16000 gallons of water, a fire pump, 200 feet of weed wacked perimeter, limbed trees up 15 feet, a power system that would not go down when the utility shuts down, metal roof and cement siding, and good roads. 

    They insured us until they just decided not to. We went 3 years without and then got a decent offer.  The houses they do insure have none of what many of my offgrid clients do. It is a stupid business model and has been going on for a very long time.