Reasons We Live Off-Grid



  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Posts: 4,092Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    mike95490 said:
    What's this "retired" thing folks are talking about ?
    I am not sure. I was taught it was called "critical mass"
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
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  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 2,314Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭✭
    Retired definition, Having left ones job and ceased to work.
    An active mind is a healthy mind, don't plan to cease work if there is not something to keep the mind active, it will atrophy very quickly, sad but true, so many have no idea what they will do with all that spare time.

    1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider MPPT 60 150 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery bank 

  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Posts: 1,072Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    If your chosen career is something you are passionate about and enjoy, the need to retire may never appear. OTOH If your chosen career has become unfulfilling and the thought of going to work every day is making you sick, you best hope you have prepared for retirement financially. I pity those who haven't prepared and will likely have to work till the day they die.

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 7,964Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Apparently, I merely changed careers. Checking ponds, changing filters, mowing fields, burning brush piles, fixing chipper, oil changes in 2 mowers, 2 tractors, 2 generators. Battery water.........
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

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  • westbranchwestbranch Posts: 5,097Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    I'm with Mike on this point.... once you retire you never have any quiet time, there is always something new to do every day.... and it was not on the list yesterday!
    KID #51B  4s 140W to 24V 900Ah C&D AGM
    CL#29032 FW 2126/ 2073/ 2133 175A E-Panel WBjr, 3 x 4s 140W to 24V 900Ah C&D AGM 
    Cotek ST1500W 24V Inverter,OmniCharge 3024,
    2 x Cisco WRT54GL i/c DD-WRT Rtr & Bridge,
    Eu3/2/1000i Gens, 1680W & E-Panel/WBjr to come, CL #647 asleep
    West Chilcotin, BC, Canada
  • PorschephanaticPorschephanatic Posts: 36Registered Users ✭✭
    mike95490 said:

    Apparently, I merely changed careers. Checking ponds, changing filters, mowing fields, burning brush piles, fixing chipper, oil changes in 2 mowers, 2 tractors, 2 generators. Battery water.........

    +1 It's not that I don't enjoy working. I'll just change careers. I have a 1949 Ford F-3 that my uncle bought in the early 1970's that I'd like to finish restoring, among many other "fun" activities. :D
  • cow_ranchercow_rancher Posts: 108Solar Expert ✭✭✭
    I used to work 8 hour days, 5 days a week, drinking coffee, making sure my engineers were doing something and that they were happy. Now I work my butt off 6.5 days a week, only have time for one cup of coffee, don't always stop for lunch, for a lot less pay...

    Yeah retirement is great!

  • HorseflyHorsefly Posts: 313Registered Users ✭✭✭✭
    I retired as an engineer (turned manager) in 2013. My engineering blood got had been mostly dormant for many years, but the idea of putting together a solar power system for our cabin really got it flowing again. My engineering interest along with the GREAT knowledge here on this board really got me pumped up again for our install last July (2017).

    I'm not living off grid like others here, but I'll admit that I sometimes crave that experience. The system I designed is a good 6 hrs drive from here. It's working really well, and may be for many years. But we live in suburbia, and that's OK. I don't think I could actually live full time at our cabin for many social reasons, but I love to visit it.

    Maybe more importantly for this thread: I am really, REALLY, very glad that our cabin doesn't have access to the grid. If it did, I'm not sure I would be as anxious to spend time there every summer. As it is, I go there in part because I enjoy the feeling that I am not beholding to any "service" for the time we are there. It's just on us.
    Off-grid cabin: 6 x Canadian Solar CSK-280M PV panels, Schneider XW-MPPT60-150 Charge Controller, Schneider CSW4024 Inverter/Charger, Schneider SCP, 4 x Vmax XTR12-155 12V, 155AH batteries in a 2x2 24V 310AH bank.
  • jmbjmb Posts: 21Registered Users ✭✭
    We retired and bought some land in BFE to escape to when we had time.  Utility company wanted thousands to run a line to us so solar it is!
  • BB.BB. Posts: 28,072Super Moderators, Administrators admin
    BFE is where?

    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • jmbjmb Posts: 21Registered Users ✭✭
    BB. said:
    BFE is where?

    Hmmm, I forget sometimes that not everybody has been in the military.  BFE is an acronym for "Bum-F&$k Egypt which is slang for "in the middle of nowhere."

    Actually relates to the Ouachita National Forest in OK.
  • petertearaipetertearai Posts: 356Solar Expert ✭✭✭

    2225 wattts pv . Outback 2kw  fxr pure sine inverter . fm80 charge controller . victron battery monitor . 24 volts 450 ah surette batterys . off grid  holiday home 
  • PorschephanaticPorschephanatic Posts: 36Registered Users ✭✭
    edited October 30 #134

    Looks like a good reason!     :D
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