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Do you end up paying nothing to the power company, or are you just off grid?
I have a regular power hook up, but I have many neighbors who are off grid. The guy who drilled my well is off grid at his place. The nearest power line to his property is a half a mile away. They wanted $25,000.00 to run power to his place. There is a reason he bought the land so cheap.

He built his solar system from used stuff he bought on Craig's List, and deep cycle marine grade batteries from Tractor Supply.
 

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Do you end up paying nothing to the power company, or are you just off grid?
Many of my neighbors are off grid, and use only solar power. At least two of them claim that they put their system together from discarded parts they found at the dump. I bought property with power at the property line, so I had it hooked up.
 

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I would never put solar panels on my roof. If I get a foot of snow over night, it can't slide off if it is anchored by the solar panels. And if you go up and try to shovel or sweep it off you could easily damage the panels. Every array of solar panels around here in set up on the ground, or on a post or rack standing alone beside the house.
 
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