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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2019, 06:13:45 AM »

Just to keep the pot stirred. Not an island but very rural France.

As much PV as you can afford, ground mount is easy.

Very definitely a wind turbine,2kW  is probably as much as you can manage by yourself easily. We had a Senwei, an exmork clone good self furling. Would have loved one like Paul's but lack of dosh would not allow, also not so vital as we had mains electricity. Worth forking out on a system that allows for easy dropping of the turbine if big storms are approaching.
Keeps stress to a minimum and saves washing of underwear!

Solar thermal, our first install gave us hot water with no electricity from March to November, add a diverter from your other renewables to the hot water tank and the season can be extended. Biff has written extensively about this idea.

A small emergency gennie completed our mix. We had no mains electricity for a week following a storm, kept our freezers down to temperature by running an hour a day.

Small LED lamps for emergencies, batteries last forever, LED headtorch are brilliant for moving around after dark outside.

We were self sufficient in meat and veggies, two poly tunnels and three very efficient chest freezers to store both meat and veg.

Make your own bread satisfying and so much better than shop bought.,20136.0.html

If 'grow your own' ticks your boxes a rotavator is a real boon.

Good luck.


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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2019, 11:54:10 AM »

Hi Griffin

that looks  sound  and sweet  as we say in west cork ......  

Yes true,   i am a fan  of passive solar in Ireland  and  absolutely enjoyable to sit in a glass house  in all sorts of weather and the elements  here  

Amazing volume of warm air one can ventilate from a  glasshouse into an old cottage  on a sunny wintersday    , very joyful  place all year round


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1.6 kw and 2.4 kw   PV array  , Outback MX 60 and FM80 charge controller  ,24 volt 1600 AH Battery ,6 Kw Victron inverter charger, 1.1 kw high head hydro turbine as a back up generator , 5 kw woodburner, 36 solar tubes with 360 l water tank, 1.6 kw  windturbine
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