18 Jan '12, 7pm

The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Off-the-Grid Solar

The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Off-the-Grid Solar

The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Off-the-Grid Solar By CRAIG LEISHER Craig Leisher Not all it’s cracked up to be: a family’s six-panel solar installation in the Maine woods. For our year living in the woods of Maine , I wanted a place where I could see and hear wildlife. Someplace both quiet and remote. In our part of Maine, quiet and remote means off the electrical grid. Our summer rental cabin had no electricity except for a small generator to power the water pump and a 20-watt solar panel connected to a 12-volt battery powering our laptop and cellphone. The winter rental cabin where we are now has a diesel generator and a battery bank. Having a diesel rumbling in the background is not the Maine woods experience I wanted. Too noisy. Too smelly. Too OPEC. What about solar, I thought? It seems to work great on my pocket calculator and all those highway construction signs. Her...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/18/the-pleasures-a...

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