Solar-powered Bread???

[JUN2021] For safety, I let guests know if I am going to be doing tree felling and chainsaw work in the forest. It seems folks are too polite to say anything but sometimes I can see on their face an expression that shows a degree of displeasure about a noisy chainsaw piercing through the peace…

Thanks, Sun!

[NOV2020] Given that I am living off-grid and solar-powered here in Canada at a latitude half-way to the North Pole, it’s a different life compared to off-gridders in Arizona or New Mexico, especially this time of year when the days are short, the sun is low, and (living between two large bodies of water) there’s…

A GREEN machine

[SEP2017] For guests interested enough (or foolish enough haha) to ask me for a tour of how the off-grid system works, we start at the solar panels outside and eventually end up in the basement looking at a large battery bank and the electronics that keep it all humming smoothly. Along the way I explain…

Winter Dawn

[NOV2016] We’re getting into prime “dark period” now, the most challenging time for solar-powered off-grid living. The 6 weeks preceding and following the winter solstice mean short days and sun low on the horizon… and pretty much assure some need to run the generator, especially during a string of overcast days. But this time of…