#solar panels now provide 100% of our home + office electricity. Installed by local American Solar, was way better deal than Solar City, which has onerous contracts. I figure it will take 12 years (or more) to pay back. Feels good to be getting our power from sunshine. Solar-powered Macintoshes. Clean.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

6 Responses to #solar panels now provide 1006 of our home + office electricity. Installed by local American Solar, was way better deal than Solar City, which has onerous contracts. I figure it will take 12 years (or more) to pay back. Feels good to be getting our power from sunshine. Solar-powered Macintoshes. Clean.

  1. I entirely understand the wish to get 100% of your power from solar panels. I'd like to do this too. However, our electricity bill is only around $20 a month. I've not figured out the payback period on this, but I guess it is "never". Also, our electricity is hydro so is (arguably) sustainable.

  2. 100% solar?
    if you are paying for batteries, and maintaining them, you are wasting your money
    the cheapest "battery" is your local electric grid, by far
    i know "pioneers" who once maintained their own batteries, and now they are connected to electric co.
    they used to have no choice, as they were too far off the grid, but once they had a choice, it was real simple
    i remember when i was off the grid, and had to maintain batteries, as well as a windmill, it was expensive and a huge pain
    when the grid finally became available, it was such a blessing, had forgotten how much i like TOAST!

  3. Solar in foggy Bolinas? Wow!

    Been looking into solar in sunny San Jose. How much per watt did you pay? Wattage per panel? American or Chinese panels? Microinverters or separate from the panels? My neighbor just replaced a failed inverter on his 10 kW early adopter system. Not cheap.

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