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Old 06-14-2017, 01:42 AM
 
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i have a budget of 500k for an off grid setup not including the house. what size setup would i be able to get with that kind of $$$. i that it should be a very serious setup to where i can live like a human with all of the creature comforts like A/C coffee pot being able to run blow dryers and washers i am talking about things like back up generator batteries wind turbine solar panels and power output
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:10 AM
 
Location: DC
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More than enough money. Where will you be locating?
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:49 AM
 
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More than enough money. Where will you be locating?
i am debating somewhere in TX or AZ. house size no bigger than 600 SQ FT.
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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right now i am using about 2000 kw's a month
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:41 PM
 
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right now i am using about 2000 kw's a month
What is your PEAK usage?
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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i have a budget of 500k for an off grid setup not including the house. what size setup would i be able to get with that kind of $$$. i that it should be a very serious setup to where i can live like a human with all of the creature comforts like A/C coffee pot being able to run blow dryers and washers i am talking about things like back up generator batteries wind turbine solar panels and power output
We spent $20k on our system. No A/C, but we do have a well pump, refrigerator, 3 chest freezers, a clothes washing machine and dryer, a dishwasher, etc.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:02 AM
 
Location: DC
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right now i am using about 2000 kw's a month
In 600 ft^2? How?
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:18 AM
 
Location: DC
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Let's just throw some stuff up against the wall. Assuming you want to be off grid:

10 kW system @ $3.00/ w = $30,000
27 kWh battery system (Tesla 2) = $11,000
Other stuff = $5,000
Sub Total $46,000

Federal Investment tax credit 30% = $13,800
Arizona tax credit $1000
Total $31,200

If grid connected you'd probably cut the system size in half and eliminate the batteries. So about $13,000
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:14 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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right now i am using about 2000 kw's a month
The key to green living is Reduce, Re-use and Re-cycle. The average American family of four uses ~900kW-hr per month.
Consider earth-berm construction to greatly reduce heating/cooling costs.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Since making the shift to solar power, we have found that our consumption has gone way up. By noon every sunny day, our batteries are topped off. We can run every appliance and every power tool we own without any effect. My wife bought a dishwasher even. Now she loads stuff in it every day, and when the sun comes out it gets turned on. Even if there are only a couple dishes in it. The same goes for the washing machine and dryer.

Living with solar power we need to conserve power whenever we are on battery.

Our chest freezers are on timers so they only run during day-time, etc.

At least we did not spend extra for a net-metering system.
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