How does the Dacha get energy?
Currently, we are off-grid, using solar and veggie power to make our electricity.
We have 9 solar panels on the roof, a 2kw system in all, as well as a solar hot water heater. We convert the DC into AC with a pure sine wave inverter. We are hoping to get more solar panels next year.
During the cloudier, colder months we do rely on our diesel generator for power. It’s a Lister engine that we converted to run on veggie oil. Running the genny for an hour or so a day charges the batteries, pumps our well water and pre-heats our domestic hot water.
With these systems we are able to have lap top fun, charge all our various phones and cameras and doohickeys. We can cook on an induction stove top when it is sunny or the genny is running, we can run fans, lights, a washing machine and play electric guitar. We don’t have a refrigerator but we have a chest freezer which we turn on for a few hours to keep things fridge temperature.
From 2008 to 2014 the Dacha has been an off-grid home. In the winter of 2014 we decided to connect to the grid instead of purchasing an expensive battery bank. Our new goal is to get more solar panels and begin producing a surplus of energy to feed back to the grid. For more info on why we made our decision check out this video.