Well, I am an old guy, who has been living off the grid for almost 15 years now. I live about 26 miles from the nearest town of any size (7,000 people) and really love it. When you decide that this is the lifestyle you want and for those with you, there are a lot of things you should consider carefully before makeing the jump. First of all, are you retired or independantly wealty ? If so fine, but if you are one of us less fortunate ones, you will still need to generate an income in order to eat if nothing else. We will use my town as an example for this site. It is first of all prodomenatly LDS (Morman) and very heavily controlled as such. No I am not one of them. Finding a job here was next to impossible as I again was not one of them. But even so, unless you have a skill that is really needed , then trying to find a job will leave you on welfare at best. Most small towns tend to take care of their own before all else. You go to the local hardware store and ask Jimmy Joe who is looking for help . Jimmy Joe says his brother bob needs help cutting hay. He makes a call and you go to work. But as a newbie in town you go to Jimmy Joe and he won't know anyone looking for help. This is how it really is most of the time. Now, you have already found a job or are starting your own small business , so you are now looking at land. Having a good idea in your mind of what your looking for, you buy it. But like in my position, there was no elec. wires anywhere close and would not be in many years to come. So, we come to Solar/Wind/Generator living This is where I say to you, Welcome to Off-Grid Living ! I know, it doesn't seem like a big deal at first. A "friend" told you there is nothing to it. Just buy a couple of solar panels and batteries and presto, everything works. Not in my lifetime could it be that easy. This is where I come in. I already live in this position. I am going to share this experience and knowledge with you in the hopes that you will either save money and or do it right the first time out. I will try to help you bypass those hazards and also the "salesman" that will take your first born from you for little or nothing from him but problems. I am not an expert by any means, but do have a little basic knowledge of how elec. works and sure have the practical know-how to get it up and working. So, have said all that, I once again Welcome to the new forum !