People are interested in off-grid power for a variety of reasons. Some build a house so far from the power lines that solar power is the economical option. Others make a conscious decision to break their grid-addictions and live a simpler, less complicated life. But most just want an option.
This is not your daddy’s USA, and not all of the changes are for the better. We have grown so dependent on the grid that life may not be sustainable without it – unless you have options. Think about it. Everything you need to sustain life; water, food, heat, cooling, transportation, and fuel, depend on the electric distribution system. Even the response of fire fighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel will be adversely impacted by a grid failure. Life will become very difficult if you and your community can’t provide these life-essential services.
We install many solar power systems in formally “grid-dependent” homes. Solar provides power to the core of the house. Food refrigeration, water pumping, lighting, tool charging, water heating, other necessities and some amenities are all powered by solar. NOTE: Solar can’t heat your home, but there are other renewable energy sources that can. All involve burning something.
The smallest of these off-grid systems charge batteries for radios, flash-lights, security lights, and other small appliances. A moderately sized system can make your home very comfortable and livable during an extended power outage.
At your option, an off-grid system can feed excess power to the grid and “pay down” your investment. However, the term “return-on-investment” does not enter the discussion. What will a life boat be worth when the ship sinks and you are swimming with sharks?
Please consider a visit to the Alabama Solar Technology Center to see an off-grid self-sufficient system in operation. Call and schedule your tour today.
Break your dependence on the grid by owning the systems that produce what you need for living. Do you have OPTIONS?