JRHill wrote: ↑Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:37 am
So Mr Pacifco, related to Off Grid, how do you coach the family about the off grid system? If you broke a leg (Lord forbid), etc, how do you manage the details? You have a bunch of infrastructure. But how do you continue on if you are not there?
This is the long time dilemma. This is an Off Grid thing.
That's a fair question. Though I'm the primary one looking after the system, my wife has taken the time to learn how to water the batteries and run a monthly equalization charge in my absence. With the recent installation of the Kohler 12RES generator, we've been able to enjoy the level of automation that the Outback system is capable of delivering.
Our old Honda EU6500i generator was not designed to auto-start and required being set up and run manually but we used it for the first three winters since we already owned it before going off-grid. I'd hate to have to throw that job on my wife's shoulders or someone else's. The original system design included the Kohler generator but we put off purchase and installation as a way of spreading out construction costs over time.
Now that the Kohler generator is hooked up and programmed, it comes on automatically whenever conditions dictate. It's been nice having the Kohler kick on automatically when the battery gets low compared to having to anticipate a low battery and hook up the old portable to charge things up before the system went into shutdown. Having this task automated is a fairly big deal. Needing generator run time no longer requires having someone on site, capable and knowledgeable about setting up the portable generator, slinging gas cans, plugging in power cords, starting and then stopping the generator.
We're confident that we could plan to step away from our system for a month at a time (unlikely) before someone would need to add water or run an equalization charge. The guy who designed and installed our system is available to contract with for servicing our system if we wanted/needed someone to come and tend to our system in our absence.
Perhaps other systems are more fickle and need more frequent supervision? If so, my system does not seem to be one that demands a constant level of supervision. I do keep a close eye on how my system is functioning but that has mostly given me confidence that it will take care of itself for the most part. Hopefully I don't break a leg.