Blog Layout:First, the layout. This blog is pretty new. I have another blog that documents our buying and fixing up an old boat and cruising down the east coast from Albany, New York to Brunswick, Georgia. I'm very happy with that nautical looking layout, but it wouldn't work for an off-grid cabin in the woods.
So I've been tweaking the layout, moving things around so it doesn't look quite so cluttered, but at the same time it will be easy to find what you're looking for. I also enlarged the size of the text because my old buddy Bob couldn't read it. There's always reading glasses, Bob!
Off-grid versus On-grid:In my research into off-grid solar energy, I'm getting a bit overwhelmed. Not by the technology (although I figure I need 50 245 Watt panels, so there might be an issue here), but by the regulations and the bureaucracy. I've learned that NYSERDA rebates require that you sell excess power to the grid, so there may go the off-grid thing, and we may wind up running power lines for a quarter of a mile and do grid-tie. The utility company has to buy my power at full retail, and since I'd generate lots of electricity in the summer and not so much in the winter, that might be a good thing. I wouldn't need the huge battery bank since the grid would be my storage. Still, though, there's all those other charges buried in each utility bill to consider.
It's stuff like this that is telling me I might want to contract with someone well versed in solar. Or maybe, more appropriately, in solar red tape.