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Unless push comes to shove, I would be hard pressed to leave my home in an end of the world situation. Trying to set up house keeping on the run or in an alternative location (which is not immediately available to me) seems to be fraught with more issues than staying put - i do live in a rural location, which makes sitting tight more reasonable. However, I recognize that the need to have an off the grid energy system would be necessary. Anyone here have any advice on solar or wind powered systems? I would like to install one or both of these power sources to my current energy supplies. Doing it now in order to assure familiarity with the systems and their operation and maintenance would trump trying to it under duress. I would be very interested in those of you who currently utilize one or both of these.
 

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My dad is looking into a small turbine for our deer camp to give us some electricity. Probably won't look seriously into it till the spring at earliest though. If you have flowing water close by, a water turbine might be better than wind or solar.
 

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there are a lot of companies making solar power systems. You will also need a battery bank to store the energy when it's dark. A solar/wind turbine combo would be ideal. I've been thinking about doing just such a combination.
 

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Get solar or wind because it makes sense now. In SHTF it'll just make you a target. "Oooh, let's take THAT castle, it has power." Now if it's "end of the world" like you said and not many humans around then maybe :p
 

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Check out the website www.absak.com
They specialise is sustainable off grid energy.

The Nautilus Reaction style hydro turbine is what I'm looking at integrating into my waterfall...


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In a SHTF scenario, I'm heading far north as quickly as possible. Alaska and the Nortwest parts of Canada, though very cold, but teaming with resources and wildlife and very remote; far from the big cities where the $#!+ will really hit the fan when desperate and panicking ppl would be killing each other.

Having a cabin and powered by the Alternative & Renewable Energy - ABS Alaskan kits sounds very appealing.
 

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Get solar or wind because it makes sense now. In SHTF it'll just make you a target. "Oooh, let's take THAT castle, it has power." Now if it's "end of the world" like you said and not many humans around then maybe :p
If is a true SHTF situation and groups of marauders are actively targeting my home......Well I guess I could put some yellow biohazard tape around most of my property and put signs that clearly state that home is quarantined because of (some easily transmittable horrible virus) and if you cross the yellow line you will be shot without warning. Now that I've done all that my conscience can take a vacation. Anyone crossing that line gets shot...yes, men, women, children, puppies, etc. I know that might sound harsh but the marauders will typically use a women or child to game you. As fast as they come as fast as I pull the trigger.....Not to mention I'm pretty sure I'd have the property lined with improvised toys. So I say bring it on....You want my solar/wind energy then you're going to die trying to obtain it.
On the other hand....
I've got a natural gas generator and been in a very mild SHTF situation. Weird overnight freeze broke all the branches on tree's and destroyed the power/cable/telco lines. Our street was particularly F'ed because of the steep incline and the fact it was one giant sheet of ice. So if you wanted out you needed to walk. After the first day my neighbors started asking me how I still had power. I explained I had a generator and was even able to watch TV because it was satellite. I offered anyone who had an electric stove & oven one of my many propane camping stoves and anyone who didn't have heat the availability to sleep or warmup in my garage. The power was out for almost 5 days. I'm happy with my decision and would do it again. To be honest it was kinda fun, like an old time block party. The women organized and made tons of food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for everyone and for us guys we drank beer watched TV, and B.S'd to pass the time. After the power was restored they thanked me tremendously! (With a whole lot of HomeDepot, Gas, and Walmart gift cards)
 

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I've got a natural gas generator and been in a very mild SHTF situation. Weird overnight freeze broke all the branches on tree's and destroyed the power/cable/telco lines. Our street was particularly F'ed because of the steep incline and the fact it was one giant sheet of ice. So if you wanted out you needed to walk. After the first day my neighbors started asking me how I still had power. I explained I had a generator and was even able to watch TV because it was satellite. I offered anyone who had an electric stove & oven one of my many propane camping stoves and anyone who didn't have heat the availability to sleep or warmup in my garage. The power was out for almost 5 days. I'm happy with my decision and would do it again. To be honest it was kinda fun, like an old time block party. The women organized and made tons of food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for everyone and for us guys we drank beer watched TV, and B.S'd to pass the time. After the power was restored they thanked me tremendously! (With a whole lot of HomeDepot, Gas, and Walmart gift cards)
This is how neighbors are supposed to be, helping each other for the common good. Kudo's to you. :?
 
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I have the grand fortune of living within a 20 minute drive of that toolshed that was on the prepper show talking about how him and his followers would raid others for their supplies. Needless to say, my neighbor and I are well prepared. I'll likely be on my homestead near Canada if roads are passable though.
 
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