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South Africa finds answer to Eskom failure

00   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 … Continued

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As hurricane brews, how to stay connected

00   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 … Continued

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

00   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 … Continued

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Huge off-grid community

+10   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  development in central Oregon now includes 625 properties on 4,000 acres in a … Continued

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Seeking a permaculture solution…

00   [before_listing images= youtube=null] My husband and I are looking for a place to park our live-in vehicle over the autumn months, and possibly beyond. Our choice to live on wheels is both an ecological and financial decision, and a … Continued

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Whole house vacuum aka Bobbage

00   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 … Continued

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Solar panels for sunless setting

00   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 … Continued

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Swiss Army charger

00   The makers of the ubiquitous Swiss Army knife have already branched out into watches, camping gear and even a motorised bike – now Wenger have extended their brand to launch a portable solar charger. There are three models – … Continued