Alaska Man wrote: »
Great thread, Tony.
We like many others could spend about $5,000 to run the "Man's System" onto the homestead, but why? We are our own power company, nobody sends me a bill every month. The power only goes out if I say it does and according to my wife, it brings out my "Inner Nerd".
We want independence and not just because of the Mutant, Zombie, Bikers that may take over after the Aliens destroy Metropolis. I'm also proud that we are doing our part to reduce our carbon foot print and lesson the country's dependence on Oil.
inetdog wrote: »
And that is a reasoned judgment, as long as you do not also hold the belief that you are saving money. The economics of battery banks for off grid are still (but hopefully not forever) such that even when you amortize the $5000 up front investment your power would be cheaper from POCO than from off grid unless your power needs are very small.
Can you give us an estimate of your daily/monthly kWh consumption? From the pictures, I am guessing pretty low.
inetdog wrote: »
660AH at 12V, as in 7.9kWh? That is not all that small. You must have an awfully big battery bank to support that on a daily basis. Or is most of that coming from the generator?
Taking 660AH daily out of an 880AH bank would be pretty bad! And your 960W array can only contribute on the order of 60AH/hour while the sun is high.
Lot of different reasons but one of the big ones is I'm just tired of wasting my hours talking to idiots on the phone! I'd rather get a coffee enema than talk to comcast ever...period.
Details account for evertything, in order to get grid power, I have two options, pay to have the transformer with poles installed around $2000, or get 40 people who want grid in the area, then it's free. Been working on the demand, so far 20 confirmed, guess it's off grid for a while.... but then again battery costs are close to the connection fee, decisions to ponder
Re: Reasons We Live Off-GridRetired and getting back to a quiet living out if town to enjoy life and the woods.