Do/Have any of you looked at wind mills? That's the direction we are thinking of going.
For most good production you either have to build them yourself which takes a lot of talent,or pay some pretty steep prices.Solar and a very small windmill? Ive thought of that. And micro hydro if you have good running water is a good deal,that can be set up for a couple thousand.
What I dont like about wind for a homeowner is it turns,meaning bearings to fail,and generator units to wear out.So you have to climp towers to work on em. But again,if its a little unit in the 1000 watt size a lot easier for a homeowner to manage. A Bergey,on a 130 foot tower...think at least $30,000 for 10,000 watts. Very dependable and a lot of power,but I cant do the work,Im not about to go 130 feet up a tower.
Where solar shines is its mount em and forget em,hose off dirt,replace battery's if you arent grid tied,and wire in a new inverter eventually when it wears out,all easy to do.Panels are also quiet and last 30 years or more/less.
My thoughts,solar AND wind is a super combo.Got a storm? No solar but the wind may be up there,and of course if you live very consistent wind you gets lots of night time power.
Any particular windplant youve looked at or considered?
Well, it turns out that we will not be doing a windmill. Hubby met a man, about 4 miles up the road, who has one of the units we were thinking of. He HATES IT. He had gotten 2, hooked up one and has no desire to hook up the second one.
This man is totally off grid. He doesn't have water on his property, but would be interested in being a part of setting up ours, when we get that far.
He showed hubby how he is handling his solar panels to keep them snow/ice free, and is very happy with the results of the solar power.
What we are thinking about is building a pumphouse, with a very steep roof to mount the panels on it, to provide power to the well.
Then he found a spot that we could do freestanding ones (like the gentlemen had) for the water leaving the house, and maybe power the house.
Our first needs in producing power is getting water in the house and out of the house.
Don't know when this will all come to pass...maybe sooner if we could get a deal like spuds got....but this is where we are in the process.
Post by mightyspuds on Aug 30, 2009 19:00:20 GMT -8
You can also mount panels at ground level like BIL does (no snow) or on a 7 foot high doodad like Bud does (moderate snow),easy to scrape off snow.
If and when we get off grid I wouldnt put them on roof as I like access being easy myself.
When I just put birdies away just a tad of light left.My porch light shining brightly at 35 watts x 2 hours,and 54 watts in house that run about 4-5 hrs/day and batterys had a full 12.9 volt charge on them with 350 watts of panels hooked up.
To say Im HUGELY impressed by solar panels is an understatement,they are beyond awesomely cool.
And the good prices should stay good for next 2 years with slow economy and glut of silicon for cell making on market. " \\\\\\\\\
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Doug (the guy up the road) is also impressed. Which really surprises me...everything I've heard about solar here has not been positive.
Things I have learned (or relearned) thus far-
Learned - since I don't understand the way it all works, hubby doesn't talk to me about it unless I bring it up...then it's real hard for him to "dumb it down" so I can understand it
Relearned - there is nothing like talking to people who are doing it
Relearned - traditional ways are great, good for learning, but are not the only ways.
Learned/relearned - sometimes talking to people who don't understand can come in handy...we have no clue, thus ask the questions that might lead to the answer, or suggest something that might work (just because we think of it on simplier terms)
So much to do, so many options, so little time and money....but a great adventure!
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."