I don't know if anyone else uses solar power for their energy but it's pretty tough here in NY to generate enough power with no sun. This week we bought a new generator that is designed for use with a off the grid system because we were dying here. As soon as we hooked it up - yes! the sun appeared!! I think it was on vacation or something. But the good thing here is, that even with the sun shining, it doesn't give us enough sun at this time of the year, so I am so glad we bought this generator. Well, next year - more panels. I don't know if anyone is really interested - but I am excited about it and nobody I know really cares about anything except what they saw on tv last night. My new friend told me about your forum and it's great! As my husband says "you are your environment" - so true!