Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Where to buy Solar Panels ? Best Prices & Quality

A question that comes up every day in the "Living off the Grid" Facebook Group is where is the best place to buy Solar Panels ... so I'm going to start a list here on the Group blog and will update often. You can also include your preferred place to buy Solar panels in the Comments below and I will add to the list.


USA:

1. The Top place I see Recommended by Group Members so far is: https://www.wholesalesolar.com/
They list them by cost per watt ...  https://www.wholesalesolar.com/solar-panels
They have discounted Solar Panels you can buy by the palett (25) as low as .77 cents per watt.
So the more you buy the lower the price.  They currently have Free Freight February going on.

2. Home Depot will have sales on Solar panels that brings the cost down to $1 per watt and will offer Free Shipping. (Watch for Sales)  http://www.homedepot.com/p/Grape-Solar-100-Watt-Polycrystalline-Solar-Panel-for-RV-s-Boats-and-12-Volt-Systems-GS-Star-100W/204211365

3. Renogy is often mentioned in the Group. I know that Amazon.com sells these and includes Free Shipping:   Renogy 100W Polycrystalline Photovoltaic $126 with Free Shipping (Watch for Sales)  http://amzn.to/2kG8mMn\


4. Fabtech has new and used panels for as low as .37 per watt.  http://fabtech.net/products/  300W+ Mono Solar Laminates from US manufacturer

CANADA:


1. Solacity  in Kemptville Ontario has a 260 watt solar panel for $202 CDN which works out to 77 cents CDN per watt or 54 cents US$ per watt  ... http://www.solacity.com/product/canadian-solar-cs6p-260p/


2. SolarTrader.ca where they have panels that are manufactured in Ontario and sell for $1 per watt (Shipping is $133.64 )
http://www.solartrader.ca/Solar_Panels_Ontario_Cost__Solar_Panel_Prices_Ontario


3. Many people starting out will also buy solar panels at Canadian Tire whenever there is a sale. Regular prices are very high. http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/household-pets/solar-panels-accessories/solar-panels.html?adlocation=LIT_Category_Lifestyle_EnergyProductionCat_SolarPanel_en


Here is a Website that lists the Best Prices on Solar Panels: http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/surveys/free-solar-panel-price-survey/

Currently: Canadian Solar CS6X-320P is listed at the lowest Cost per panel at $0.51 per watt
Please list your Favorite place to buy Solar Panels in comments below with cost per watt and your commentary on why it's the best place to buy Solar Panels.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

How many KWhr of Electricity do you use each day ?

The first step in going off the Electrical Grid is to understand how much Electricity you currently USE and determine how much you actually NEED.

Do you know ? You can check your Electrical Bill and it should show you how much you are presently using. 1000 KWhr per month ? 500 kWhr / month ?

The average is around 900 kWh per month .... about 30 kWhr per day.
To go off the grid you will need to get below10 kWhr/day (300 Kwhr/mo)  or the Solar -Wind-Generator Power system will cost you a Fortune.

You need to determine what appliances you will need in your  new Tiny Offgrid Home. Fridge, heater, fan, TV,  LED Lights, Internet ? You can figure out how much electricity your current appliances are using and begin to calculate how much Solar - Wind - Generator - Alternative power you will need to keep your stuff running.

The P3 Kill a Watt Electricity Usage Monitor is a Great tool used to help you determine what each appliance uses each hour, each day, each month .....

Available on Amazon for $23 with Free Shipping:    http://amzn.to/2jpMi7a

Monday, 20 February 2017

Small Canadian town will give Land and Job to anyone willing to move ...





The Farmer's Daughter Country Market writes:
"BEAUTIFUL ISLAND NEEDS PEOPLE. We are an established business in the heart of Cape Breton, rich in jobs, land, and potential, but no people. Are you someone who is looking to live a simpler life, close to nature, in an area that still believes in community meals and weekly jam sessions?

We can't give you big money, but we can give you an awesome life. Our business is busy from May to December, with slower months January to April, so you can enjoy our amazing winters. We have lots of good ideas and we want to
continue to build on our accomplishments but we don't have enough hands to help.
We are located in a little village called Whycocomagh, which can be found in the middle (the heart) of Cape Breton. It is an area surrounded by beautiful mountains and the shining Bras d'Or lake where kayaks and canoes outnumber motorboats.


We are a true four-season climate and we love it that way. We are looking for people who are environmentally conscious, want to be part of a community and will see our business not as you work for us, but we all work together to create something to be proud of. If you take pride in being friendly, helpful, and positive and have skills in the food industry or customer service, then you are who we are looking for. We cannot offer you big money (wages in local small Cape Breton businesses are not high) but we can offer you a great incentive to come and try us out. One thing our business does have is LOTS of LAND.


If you decide this opportunity might fit your dreams and goals for a close to nature and community focused life, then we are willing to offer you 2 acres of woodland where you can immediately set up your tiny house or quaint cabin. Plus give you access to our farmland and other resources we have available. If you are still working with us after five years and we all still like each other after that time, then the land is yours for the cost of migrating it out and putting it in your name. Cape Breton is amazing but our population is decreasing. Corporate development has been seen as the solution in the past but that often comes at the expense of our environment. We think there is a better way.

If you are interested in this unique opportunity please email your resume along with a letter about yourself to fdaughter@icloud.com
Via: Farmers Daughter Country Market Facebook Page

** UPDATE: They have hired 3 families from British Columbia and will be looking to hire 3 to 4 more in the Spring. - DO NOT include your email / information in comment Section of this blog.  Send your resume and story to their Email Address as Instructed above.


To see a few images of  Whycocomagh, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada and the Farmer's Daughter Country Market  watch the Video below....


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whycocomagh,_Nova_Scotia /  CTV News Update 




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Thursday, 16 February 2017

What does "Off-grid Living" mean ?

What is Off-grid or Off the Grid Living ?


"Off-the-grid is a system and LIFESTYLE designed to help people function without the support of remote infrastructure, such as an electrical grid.
In electricity, off-grid can be stand-alone power system or mini-grids typically to provide a smaller community with electricity.
Off-grid electrification is an approach to access electricity used in countries and areas with little access to electricity, due to scattered or distant population.


The term off-the-grid (OTG) can refer to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities. People who adopt this lifestyle are called off-gridders...


  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-the-grid

Monday, 13 February 2017

Free Log House built in 1850 ... Take down and Haul away




Log House built in 1850. Free. Would make a great cabin or retreat. Cabin to be removed from property. You take it away. I would like it gone by April 1st if possible. Terms are – you are responsible for taking it down and hauling it away. It’s free for the taking.....  

Address Rockwood, ON N0B2K0 ..... Near Guelph Ontario

Friday, 10 February 2017

20 Watt - 12 Volt Solar Power system with 400 Watt Inverter for $ 115

I am going to build a very small  20 Watt Solar Power - 12 Volt generator to power some small DC and  AC appliances. Here in Ontario Canada, if I rotate the Panel I should get a good 8 hours of sunshine. So 20 watts * 8 hours = 160 Whr of power to trickle charge a 12 Volt Battery.


I'm on a very small budget of about $100 and I'll be looking for the best deals at Amazon and Walmart. This is the best deal Solar Panel I have found so far: ECO-WORTHY 20W 12V Solar Panel Kit: 20 Watt Polycrystalline Solar Panel & Battery Clips & 3A Charge Controller:


http://amzn.to/2kcu75C   


$59.99 with Free Shipping


Can be applied to varies DC appliance, Ideal for everyday use
  • High efficiency solar cells, small in size and easy to take
  • Water-proof solar panel with long lasting aluminum frame provides over 20 years lifespan
  • 3A 12V/24V PWM charge controller, overcharge and over discharge protection for the battery.
  • Battery clips with 2m extension wire, easy and convenient for operation


  • This is the Battery I am looking at :  http://amzn.to/2l1s6gH

    $16.27 with Free Shipping


    ExpertPower 12V 7 Amp EXP1270 Rechargeable Lead Acid Battery
                
  • BATTERY TYPE - 12 Volt 7 Amp 20 Hour Sealed Lead Acid Battery With F1 Style Terminals
  • RUGGED CONSTRUCTION - The High Impact Resistant Battery Case Is Made Up Of A Non-Conductive ABS Plastic. This Material Has a Strong Resistance To Shock, Vibration, Chemicals and Heat.
  • AGM TECH - The Acid Inside Is Absorbed Between The Plates And Thereby Immobilized By A Very Fine Fiberglass Mat. This Along With The Valve Regulated, Spill-Proof Design Of Our Batteries Allows Trouble-Free, Safe Operation In Any Orientation
  • USER FRIENDLY - Easy, One-Time Installation Of Our Maintenance Free and Valve Regulated Batteries Will Get Your System Or Application Running In No Time At All

  • This is the Inverter I am looking at ... http://amzn.to/2l1n2J5  

    $38.99 (45% off)

    BESTEK 400W Power Inverter DC 12V to AC 110V Car Adapter with 5A 4 USB Charging Ports

    BESTEK Advantage America's #1 power inverter brand. Provides 400W continuous DC to AC power and 1000 watts of peak power             
  • Dual 110V household electrical outlets provide enough power
    for your laptop, digital camera, TV, fan, refrigerator, game console, DVD/Blu-Ray player, GPS, lamps, and more
  • 5A/ 4-Port USB charging ports make this power inverter ideal for charging your phones, tablets, and other USB-powered devices
  • Built-in replaceable 30A/32V*2 fuses and cooling fan for safety and easier maintenance. This power inverter has over voltage, overload, over-current, under-voltage, overheating, short circuit protection
  • Comes with 2.3ft car cigarette lighter plug and 2ft black/red battery clips to plug into your cigarette lighter or connect directly to your vehicles battery

  • I will add a list of AC and DC appliances I can run with this  $115 set up. Definitely my 6 watt LED Lights....


    10 - 6 watt LED Light bulbs ( 60 watts)
    Lap top (45 watts)
    Ceiling Fan (25 watts)
    Clock radio (2 watts)
    Electric Blanket (200 watts)
    Smart Phone Charger (7 watts)
    TV 19" (40 watts)



    Sunday, 5 February 2017

    The Lodge at Killarney Ontario

    The beautiful Lodge interior at Killarney Mountain Lodge in on the shore of Georgian Bay in Killarney Ontario.  http://www.Killarney.com

    One of the most spectacular landscapes you will ever see.

    Killarney is about a 4 hour drive North of Toronto Ontario in Canada and it's where many of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson created their most iconic paintings.

    You can camp at the Killarney Provincial Park and rent kayaks and canoes and paddle crystal clear waters next to the white Quartzite mountains of La Cloche.

    There is also land available in the area at reasonable prices to build your own remote Offgrid Log Cabin,




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