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We don't have a stream or anything for hydro power so I'm looking into solar and wind. Pro's and cons? I'd like to do both but I don't know where to start. I don't know what are the important things to consider. I'd like to, bare minimum, keep our freezer working. Preferably more though. Suggestions or input?
 

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Don't look for a prepared list as that will be too broad and general. You need to create your own list.

Fridge, freezer, furnace, sump pump, well pump etc. Do you want to keep the internet on? Ignite your gas stove? Keep your burglar alarm and/or security cameras up and running? Do you have an electric car charger? Calculate what you'll need to keep those critical items going. Then double that so you'll have the capacity to add a bit later.

Don't get all excited and start figuring in the AC, hot tub, electric water heater or dryer because 'it would be nice' or 'as long as I'm doing this...'. Next thing you know, you'll be talking $5digits.

Start with minimal batteries but plan on adding capacity down the road. Meaning... don't get a charge controller capable of x watts and x amps. Plan on ending up with z watts and z amps and purchase a controller capable of handling your expansions. This way you won't be buying a new controller every time you add some solar panels or batteries.
 

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My problem with backup power is the batteries required. Cause will the sun be shining or wind blowing when you need it??

Thinking of going underground. If it stays 55 degrees underground all the time?? NO POWER needed. Freezer should stay cold for days at that temp without power when it goes out. Keeping filled whether with food or ice jugs. Think our forefathers had the right idea. If you have the room.

Sure having a small solar panel and couple batteries for small items. Recharging phone or emergency radio would be ideal.
 

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Winds is way too expensive because you can’t make it up and enjoy it all the time. Way too inconsistent. Solar is your best option. It is easy to scale, add too, grow over time, and yes you can even add batteries to store for night use.
 

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Winds is way too expensive because you can’t make it up and enjoy it all the time. Way too inconsistent.
Same with solar... you'll have cloudy days. And the wind can blow at night.

Solar is your best option. It is easy to scale, add too, grow over time, and yes you can even add batteries to store for night use.
You can store wind power in batteries as well.

There's pros and cons to each. If you can swing it, get both.
 
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