Communications will always be a problem. In the old days (and I'm old enough to remember first hand) we just went over to the neighbors to talk to them. No one used the phone for much and it was a rare man who had any sort of radio (and those were mostly licensed HAM operators who at that time did morse code).Pastornator, do you have any ideas for comunication off-grid? I have a solar powered emergency radio. How 'bout being able to comunicate w/ neighbors, if TSHTF and you don't feel safe leaving your little slice of Heaven? Is there such a thing as wind-up walkie/talkies like there are radios and flashlights?
No surprise there. I've been looking into smallish solar applications to keep my pellet stove and a few other items running. The "front page" deals offered by most solar outfits are simply not sized large enough to actually run much more than a few lights for any length of time. A truly usable system is going to run into bucks, no way around it! Also, I've looked into REALLY CHEAP solar panels made by taking cells and joining them into a panel myself. Some advocate that, but once I learned more about it, I dedided on a manufactured panel instead. Problem is the high heat and the amount of electrical energy that goes through those cells once tied into a system. Open voltage can run 3X system voltage and temps can run hot enough at joints, especially ones not soldiered well, to cause fires. Then there is the right glass, frame, etc. In the end, just get a decent designed panel and go for it.Sorry for the late reply, this thread just got recycled, I inquired to this company and they sent me a really informative book for free
Backwoods Solar Electric Systems
Lots of good info on the web site as well, their "suggested systems" seem to cost about twice as much as the web site suggests.