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Off-Grid Living

Buying Rural Northen AZ Land – Off-Grid Living

Don’t Assume You Can Tie In to Grid-Tied Power?

On many rural properties, grid-tied electrical service is not available and alternatives must be used.  Don’t be fooled by seeing lines nearby, they may be transmission lines (like in the picture below), not distribution lines. Ask the electric provider in the area. That being said, it is becoming very common to have Solar power systems installed. New solar systems are great and more affordable than ever.

Tying in to the Grid

To find out if you could or would want to tie in to the grid near you? 

  • Look at where are the power lines in relationship to your parcel? What kind of lines are they?
  • If there are lines nearby, call the power company; they will have a cost formula for distance and the number of poles that will have to be added.
  • If there are not power poles running into your parcel and your neighbors have never had to look at “toothpick lines” in their view corridor, you may want to re-think a long extension!

Solar Power, Wind Power and Rural Land

  • There is a lot of interest in going green, installing solar systems in grid-tied areas. But in many rural settings, there is not much choice.
  • Wind power is too erratic, though it’s good for solar system back up. If you want to be able to pump the water up from your well, turn on your lights, use your computer and other electrical devices quietly without fuss generally you need to install solar.
  • A 30% Federal Tax Credit expires at the end of 2016.
  • Solar power is MUCH cheaper today and the technology is better. A relatively small Off-grid system with a backup generator will run you between $12 and $15K.  A very large off-grid system will get you into the $30K range.

Solar Power — Installation Mistakes and Warnings

  1. Not hiring a Licensed Contractor – electricity is dangerous!
  2. If your ground mounted panels are not on a metal frame it is installed WRONG.
  3. If your system is not grounded – it is installed WRONG.
  4. If your roof is not a snow load engineered roof and your panels are installed on your roof it may be installed WRONG.
  5. If your lead –acid batteries are not vented outside of the room they are in, it is installed WRONG.
  6. Direct Current (DC) is dangerous!  Alternating  Current (AC) will shock and throw you, Direct Current holds you and fries you. Very serious caution needs to be used – please hire a professional


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Elise Harron

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