Not exactly an off-grid topic. Sorry. I wasn't sure where else to place it. (If it needs to be moved, my apologies ahead of time.) Anyway, my girlfriend's farm, here in provincial Cambodia, is currently run from 100% solar power. It has been run continuously off solar for the past few years, mostly to make life a bit better for her aging parents. I hated to see them run around in the dark, when I first began dating their daughter. In the past couple of months, while we have been away, the local utility sank some poles in the ground along the farm road and have started running power to the small homes in that area. Most are poor farmers who could not afford the exorbitant costs to run service to their homes, anyway. (Over $100 USD for their cheapest package, just to connect the service to a house.) But, for those who can, it is still ridiculously limited. But, we talked it over and made a decision. We figured we would jump in and have service connected - purely as a second source of power - mains as backup power. Almost humorous, here. While going through this process, it caused me to start thinking of the service I had connected when I upgraded my last home in the US. It was a small home that I upgraded to 200A service. Anyone know the minimum sized service drop for residential service, nowadays, back in the Good Ol' US of A? Anyway, here, you pay by what size service you want, just on a much different scale. While all service voltage here is 230 volts, 50 hz, they don't start out quite as high with the ampere ratings. In the area of the farm, you have a choice of 10amp, 20amp, or 30amp service. That's it. No more. My g/f wanted us to stick with 20 ampere service, until I started adding up some typical appliances and electrical requirements they have. Now, she is on board with the "big daddy package" of 30 amperes. 1 - One HP Air-Con = 745 watts 1 - Water Kettle = 1850 watts 1 - Rice Cooker = 400 watts 1 - Desktop Computer & Network = 180 watts 1 - Low Wattage Instant Water Heater (shower) = 3,500 watts (A high output water heater would run about 6,000 watts.) Personally, I think we will stick with solar for our primary power source, water pumping and heating, anyway. It may not be as cheap, even when only paying $.25c / kWh. But, I know how it works and have the parts and know how to repair it if / when it stops functioning. Besides, mains power isn't particularly clean or very reliable, here in SE Asia. If you are willing to share, and if you had a limited (maximum) choice of 6,900 watts available to you, what would you choose to run? Would that be enough to keep you comfortable in your current lifestyle? Or, if it is more than you personally use / need, how much is your typical power use? Here at our apartment in town, we typically use between 5 kWh to 8 kWh per day. 8 kWh is the maximum typically used, daily. But, our rate is higher here in the city. Per kWh cost is about $.38c US.