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ManyTracks Homesteading 
with
Sue Robishaw and Steve Schmeck






Getting Started
with
Solar Power

Sun and Solar
~
Our Solar Powered
Electric System

solar array

How-to  ~  Ideas  ~  Inspiration
 From more than thirty years having a good time living a sustainable life
in the northwoods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

We're thoroughly involved with the sun and wind on our sustainable "green" homestead in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. From PV (photovoltaic or solar) panels to a water pumping windmill. A solar food dryer and a solar cooker help feed us. Our home is heated with hot-air solar panels and a wood-burning woodstove.

Using solar energy sources is not an abstract theory, it's a wonderful way of life. Here we'll talk about our solar electric system; sort of an update to the Power for the People - The Sun and Solar of Electricity chapter in "Homesteading Adventures" (which was written in 1996). Our system has grown a bit since then! Above right is a link to our article "Getting Started With Solar Energy" that was published in Countryside Magazine (in 1994 and 2004).

OUR CURRENT SYSTEM

Our system seems often to be in the midst of updating and changing which adds to the challenge of keeping the pages current on our ever-growing website (which began in 1997!). I happened on this page recently (May 2017) and was surprised to find a ten year old photo labeled as our "current" system! Things do change. 
 

inverter

batteries, controls

solar array 2015

2015

solar array 2017

2017

solar array 1997

1997

solar array 2007

2007

2 panels by clerestories

1985

solar array 2 panel 1990

1987

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Copyright 2009 by Stephen Schmeck and Susan Robishaw

 


Our favorite sources for alternative energy information are...

Home Power Magazine, POB 520, Ashland OR 97520, 916-475-0830
email: hp@homepower.com ,   
http://www.homepower.com

THE print source on alternative energy; it was the first and is still the best.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Rd, Custer WI 54423, 715-592-6595, info@the-mrea.org, http://www.the-mrea.org
MREA is responsible for the largest and oldest renewable energy fair the third weekend in June (Solstice Weekend). Highly recommended if you are at all interested in alternative energy or alternative lifestyles and ideas.

Backwoods Solar Electric Systems, 1589 Rapid Lightning Rd, Sandpoint, Idaho 84864, 208-263-4290, info@backwoodssolar.com , http://backwoodssolar.com/
Good folks, good information, good prices. We've dealt with them for many, many years and send people to them regularly. Check them out.

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For more homesteading information  check out . . .
          "Homesteading Adventures -A Guide for Doers and Dreamers"


Updated 05/30/2017

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