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South Africa finds answer to Eskom failure

As China expands its presence in Africa, a new wave of renewable energy companies are bringing off-grid innovation to the continent while Western competitors stand around and watch. JinkoSolar, a Chinese solar module manufacturer has declared that it is supplying … Continued

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As hurricane brews, how to stay connected

Anyone living off the grid develops much better-than-average skills at surviving during power outages and natural disasters. Here are a few words of advice on battery maintenance and staying connected that may be useful to those in Tampa or New … Continued

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Make money off-grid – ways to pay, part 2

Cam and Michelle Mather run a publishing business whilst living off grid north of Kingston, Ontario. They founded Aztext Press (http://www.aztext.com/) in 2003. Cam, already a working in publishing, was disappointed to find a lack of books providing information about … Continued

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Huge off-grid community

Ralph and Mary Johnson (pictured) live in Three Rivers Recreation Area, a 4,000-acre development near Lake Billy Chinook that relies on solar power for electricity. The Ā development in central Oregon now includes 625 properties on 4,000 acres in a gated … Continued



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Whole house vacuum aka Bobbage

PB is such a tinkerer, his ability to take nothing but scraps, often discarded items and make extraordinary and useful things is one of the biggest reasons we have been able to live off grid while spending very little money, … Continued

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Solar panels for sunless setting

A hunting lodge in Maine with two small solar panels, some old used car batteries,a quarter mile of wire and careful management. An old-timer explains how he does it in this video. The old batteries are important – recycled from … Continued