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Off-Grid Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Electric

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Off-Grid Solar PV
Wind Power
Hydro Power
Battery Based Systems
Solar Hot Water
Solar Direct Injection
Radiant Heat
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Water Pumping & Water Filtration

Off-Grid Solar PV Electric

SOLAR ELECTRIC MODULES convert sunlight directly into electricity with no moving parts, no maintenance, no fuel, and no pollution. This is the most environmentally friendly way to produce power. Solar electric modules last decades, and offer a 20 to 25-year warranty on power. Best of all, you will help show the world a better way.


Off-grid or stand alone power systems can be more cost-effective than connecting to the grid in remote locations. Depending on bedrock, climate and other conditions extending the grid can cost $15,000 to $50,000 per mile! An off-grid system allows for comfortable living or for powering well pumps for livestock in remote locations beyond the grid.


Solar PV or hybrid renewable power systems provide clean, quiet, reliable electricity to remote and pristine locations without the expense or environmental damage of expanding the utility grid. Adding batteries to your solar photovoltaic, hydro or wind electric power system will allow you to store power and use it during hours when power can't be produced. Battery-based systems serve on-grid and off-grid locations. They are optional for grid-tied systems but essential for off-grid systems.


A simple battery based system, like a solar-powered or wind-powered DC pump for delivering well water to livestock or powering DC appliances will consist of an array or turbine, a charge controller, and enough batteries to store power for sunless periods.


To store power for use with AC appliances, like typical household appliances, an inverter will be needed as well.

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More information:

Grid-Tied PV
Backup Generators
What it costs
How it works
Off-Grid Living Do's & Don'ts

Information about Composting Toilets:
Sun-Mar Corporation website
Composting Toilet brochure
Garden Composter Brochure
Pool Toilet Brochure

Highly Recommended Resources:

[Downloading Hint: RIGHT-click on the desired version and select "SAVE/ SAVE TARGET AS/SAVE LINK AS" to save to your hard drive. Open the files from their saved location on your hard drive.]

Download: Dept. of Energy Animation "Sunlight to Electricity" -

Windows .mpeg Version | Apple Quick Time Version

Download: Dept. of Energy, Own Your Power! A Consumer Guide to Solar Electricity for the Home


Download: Dept. of Energy, Making Cents Out of Solar - Excellent graphic & explanation on page 2!


Download: Dept. of Energy, Homebuilder's Guide to Going Solar


My Solar estimate estimator solar wind calculator.


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energy efficient pumping and heating technologies for off-grid and grid-tied locations.
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