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A Timeline and Game Plan for Building an Off Grid Shed, Rustic Cabin or a Regular Off Grid Home

Timeline for Finding and Buying Rural Land and then the Step-by-Step Prioritized Process of Building an Off Grid Homestead

  1. Start searching for “Off Grid Raw Land for Sale,” “Rural Property for Sale,” or “Off Grid Farms/Ranches for Sale” in your desired state. Once you narrow it down to a state, then start reviewing the county level building codes and try to avoid buying land with an HOA or POA. Not sure what state? Search through our State-By-State Buyers Guide for Off Grid. 
  2. You Can also Contact the County’s Tax Assessor and see what land parcels are in currently in foreclosure or that owe back taxes. Sometimes you can simply buy the land by just paying off all of the back taxes owed. This is exactly what land flippers do. 
  3. Google search things to look for” and “things to avoid when evaluating and buying land. There are lots of list that you read to learn good strategies for buying land. 
  4. Beware of Owner Financing and be especially careful when doing deals through First United Realty, which is famous for working with Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Property Owners Associations (POAs) to write up absent landowners for breaking the CCR’s and then fine the property owners so much that they prefer to walk away from the property than pay the fines, which is what they want. They then resell it for another 20% down deposit and wait for the landowners to miss one payment. It is an unethical business practice, but 100% legal.  
  5. Download a 7.5 minute topographic map from the US forms service where the property is located. Note where hills, valleys, creeks, seeps and flood plains are located. Pick an elevated spot to put a shed, cabin or home.
  6. Consider drilling a well near seeps, springs and creeks. Water is one of the first projects that needs to be completed. Everything on an off grid property will need water to live and to grow including a garden and livestock. 
  7. Also plot a pathway for a driveway that won’t wash out with heavy rain. Keep the road level and straight as possible so that big trucks can carry big and bulky items such as fiberglass swimming pools, shipping containers, or 10,000 gallon rainwater cisterns can be delivered to where you want them with little effort. Plan a loop so drivers can drive in, dump their load and drive out without having to turn around.
  8. If the property has trees, consider selling a portion of the timber and letting them come log an acre or two so that you can earn cash to pay for building a house. Consider where the sun will be shining during the summer and winter. Sun can be used for passive heating in the winter as well as generating solar electricity during the day. 
  9. If the property has stones, rocks and boulders. Consider crushing the rocks into gravel that can be used to build and pave a driveway. Big boulders can be sold to landscape companies or used to anchor the corners for barbed wire fences and for landscaping. Rocks can also be placed around trees to help collect water as dew will condense on them trickle water down to growing trees root systems. 
  10. Regardless of how big the property, consider fencing in 1 to 2 acres that will be big enough for a garden, and paddocks for livestock and free range chickens. Then build a big, strong and tall fence this is bull-strong, pig-tight and horse-high that will deter wildlife from eating your garden and pets. Always plan ahead when building. You may not plan on having horses, cows, goats or other livestock, but having paddocks or fenced in fields full of green grass and hay can always be bartered with for food, labor or money. If you live in bear country, you might also add an electric fence to the top of the fences to keep bears out. 
  11. Also down the fence lines, plant shelterbelts with short, medium and tall plants and trees such as berry bushes, small fruit trees, and large bushes and trees that bear nuts, berries, apples, etc. Not only will these resources provide your family with food to eat and barter with, but will also attract a wide variety of food for birds and big game animals that will provide great viewing wildlife opportunities from the living room and dining room table. Having a wildlife buffet surrounding your house will also keep the wildlife at a good distance from your house. Provide bears with a food buffet a good distance from your home and there will be no need to breakdown your front door, garage door, outbuilding doors or barn doors looking for food that they can smell. 
  12. If you’re a hunter, consider building fences that will fold down or gates that can be opened during hunting season in key locations near the garden. Position tree stands on all 4 sides of the garden so that no matter which way the wind is blowing, you will be located downwind.  You can also plant food plots to draw in deer, elk and other big game animals
  13. Consider putting in solar lights along the perimeter of your fence. Solar lights that shine all night are great for attracting bugs and the spiders, scorpions and other stinging pests that eat them. You will know that you are succeeding if you see spider webs in the trees near the lights. Anything that drops fruit on the ground will attract wildlife, varmints and bugs. Use night time lights to pull bugs away from your home.
  14. For security you can install motion censored, 1,000 lumen lights on all four sides of your home. Whether you are home or not, these lights will come on and make intruders think that the lights on are and you are looking out the window with a locked and loaded shotgun. Motion-sensored security cameras are also great
  15. Consider arriving to your off grid property just as winter is ending and spring is quickly approaching. Plant a garden and all of your fruit bearing bushes and trees as soon as you have a way to irrigate them with as little effort as possible. Locate your rainwater harvesting systems, rain barrels and cisterns at the top of hills so that you will always have lots of water pressure. Engineer your water lines so they they can be drained prior to hard freezes, including the cabin’s water lines. Nothing is worse that having all your water pipes burst because you didn’t plan on severe winter weather. 
  16. Next build chicken coops, rabbit hutches, bee hives, barns, animal sheds and a wood shed for drying and aging firewood whether you need them or not. A flock of 5 chickens per person and several pairs of breeding rabbits is a good way to ensure that your family never starves. Rabbits breed fast for meat. And chickens will provide eggs and half the ingredients need to make bread. As your garden begins to grow you and start to harvest the veggies, you feed your family with veggies and feed all of the waste greens and imperfect or spoiled veggies to the chickens and hogs. Sunflowers and grains can be stored for feeding animals during the winter. 
  17. For temporary shelter, consider large wall tents, yurts, sheds, shipping container homes and even large Indian tipis. The cool thing about living in temporary shelters is that it will allow you to see the land for a while and then pick the perfect place for a long-term house that may take a year or more to build. Don’t like the first spot you pick, you can also move a temporary shelter to a more permanent location.
  18. Before you start building, install the largest solar power array that you can afford. Shoot for a 5-kW to 10-kW solar power array. If you need to scrimp on money, plan on adding more and more batteries later and add they as you go. A large solar power array will allow you to run all of your appliances and battery chargers for tools and electronics during the day. The only thing you really need to run at night is a refrigerator, a freezer and a heating blanket or AC unit. 
  19. With water flowing, gardens blooming and shelterbelts blooming, bees pollinating and livestock breeding, it is time to build a good enoughdd rain/snow proof structure that will get you through a winter, which means a framed house with at least one wood stove.
  20. Once a house is framed, tar papered and roofed, you can spend bad weather days inside building mudrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms. Consider building one medium-sized room in the middle of the house. Building a central room will make easy to heat and cool a place where the family can sleep and relax after a hard days work. The outer rooms will serve as buffer against harsh hot and cold weather. Also keep water, showers and kitchen sinks in the center of the house to shield from freezing temperatures versus location water sources on an outside wall. Build all outside walls with 2×6 studs and the best insulation you can afford, especially on the north and west walls in the USA. 
  21. You can use good weather days in the winter to build insulated, hardened walls on the outside perimeter of the building shell with tar paper, insulation and then wood, brick, vinyl, aluminum, corrugated metal or stone to keep the bad weather outside.
  22. Plumb all of your gray water to directed gardens and the black water to a septic tank. Or, to a black water waste soldier fly bin that will use maggots that will eat everything from animal carcasses to cow, horse and human manure. When the maggots mature, they will self-harvest by crawling out of the muck and into buckets, which can then be used as feed for chickens, hogs, fish, and even pet reptiles. 
  23. Also during the winter, you can start planning a bigger and better garden. You can build greenhouse or cold frame window box for growing wintertime crops, even when there is snow on the ground. The sun will keep the lettuce, cabbage, root vegetables and other brassicas growing even when it freezing outside. Remember I do live in Texas so this may not work up North where there is 4 ft of snow on the ground and negative 30 degrees outside. But you could always build a Walipini or underground cold frame greenhouse that is heated with a steaming pile of decaying compost. 
  24. Consider ordering a Starlink satellite dish for high-speed broadband wireless internet access. 
  25. Use cold winter nights to plan and bring new workers to the homestead in 9 months. 
  26. Make a list of things you won’t get too for another 5 to 10 years, but will be fun to dream about building over a hot cup of coffee or a cold beer. 
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  6. How to raise chickens, rabbits, pigs and goats
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Living-Off-Grid.com Magazine Announces New $1 Subscription to the “Guide to Off Grid Living” for Families that Want Learn How to Sell Their Homes in the City and Move Out to the Country to Build an Off Grid Homestead

The Guide to Off Grid Living

The “Guide to Off Grid Living” provides over 80 Training Guides that Provide Educational Information

The “Guide to Off Grid Living” provides over 80 Individual Training Guides that Provide Educational Information Such as How to Find Off Grid Properties for Sale; How to Build an Off Grid Shelter; How to Drill a Water Well; How to Install Solar Power for Electricity; How to Plant a Vegetable/Medicinal Garden for Food; and, How to Build a Predator Proof Chicken Coop to Raise Chickens, Etc., Etc.

June 28, 2022 (Flagstaff, Arizona) – Living-Off-Grid.com Magazine, after three years of tremendous growth due to the U.S. Government’s continued efforts to strip Americans of their civil and constitutional rights, had to figure out a better and easier way to answer the millions of questions that American citizens are asking about “How could  they buy some rural land and build an Off Grid Homestead for their family?”

Due to the large pent-up demand from families seeking this knowledge, Living-Off-Grid.com Magazine decided to publish over 80 “Guides to Off Grid Living,” which can be downloaded at => https://livingoffgrid.home.blog/guide-to-off-grid-living/.

The guides are written for millions of customers, who have decided they want to learn what it takes to move to the mountains, the foothills and/or the deserts on a worldwide basis with a well-researched plan to build an Off Grid Homestead where their families will not be dependent on utility companies for power, water or gas; where they will not be dependent on grocery stores for food/drinks and not dependent on pharmacies for medicine nor local, state and federal government agencies, which are becoming more and more hostile toward American citizens that want to live out the American dream.  

In less than three years, Living-Off-Grid.com magazine website has grown from zero to more than 200,000+ readers per year as more and more families are searching for the best source of information on everything they need to learn to begin living off the land. 

“All you have do is watch the local evening TV newscasts to see precisely what is driving normal Americans away from the big Democrat-controlled cities,” said Robert Hoskins, Editor-in-Chief, Living-Off-Grid.com magazine. “Many career politicians are trying as hard as possible to destroy the American dream, the American family, American values and the American way of life.”

Hoskins continued, “Nobody wants to be forced to get a vaccination that doesn’t work, doesn’t stop a virus from spreading and thus far has killed thousands of people who trusted the government’s lies about safety and the efficacy of the vaccine.

God-following Americans don’t want their kindergarten through 3rd children indoctrinated by teachers that are trying to convince their kids that they should get a sex change by transgender teachers or that pedophilia is a normal sexual orientation.

They also do not want to their U.S. constitutional rights to be violated or completely revoked, nor do they want to sit by and idly watch the U.S. government transform from a democratic republic into a socialist communist government that seems to be following the same game plan that Hitler used to establish his Nazi regime in Germany that caused two global wars. 

As a result of all this turmoil, many smart Americans are researching and making plans to circumvent the lifestyle of living in the city by actively learning how to:

  1. How to Shop for Rural Properties Where Their Family Can Build an Off Grid Homestead that is much safer than living suburban America.
  2. How to build an Off Grid home that will keep their families comfortable.
  3. How to drill a well or set up a rainwater harvesting system for freshwater.
  4. How to heat water for hot showers / baths using solar, wood and/or propane.
  5. How to install solar panels and wind turbines to produce electricity.
  6. How to plant/grow a “Victory” garden for vegetables and medicinal herbs.
  7. How to raise chickens, rabbits, pigs and goats/cows for meat and milk.
  8. How to setup a compostable toilet for environmentally friendly septic system. 
  9. How to setup a high-speed internet connection via cell towers/LEO satellites.
  10. 10. How to install security systems to surveil against apex predators and invaders.

So far, the “Guide to Off Grid Living” has been downloaded over 19,000+ times by prospective homesteaders who are thirsty for knowledge, tips, tricks and how-to articles that will help them adopt a new living off the grid lifestyle. Over 80+ free learning guides can be downloaded at:

=> https://livingoffgrid.home.blog/guide-to-off-grid-living/

Many subject matters covered in the Guide to Off Grid Living are complicated such as installing solar, rainwater harvesting, septic systems, and there is such a high-demand for information to read and subject matter experts to consult with, the  publication has decided to open numerous Facebook Off Grid Living discussion groups and business pages where more than 250,000+ newcomers can ask direct questions and get time-tested answers from old-timers who have been living off grid for 50 years or more. 

Living-Off-Grid.com’s Facebook Groups and Business Pages are located at:

Off Grid Living: Prepping to Live Off the Grid – 250,000+ members

=> https://www.facebook.com/groups/OffGridHomes/

Off Grid Marketplace, General Store and Trading Post – 800 off grid vendors

=> https://www.facebook.com/groups/offgridmarketplace

Building-Joining Off Grid Communities hosts 600+ off grid members that are seeking to find or build Off Grid Communities that offer a place where like-minded people can live together in order to share responsibilities. Communities where landowners will sometimes barter working labor to build out their properties in return for small piece of land for a certain number of hours worked per month.

Learn more at:
=> https://www.facebook.com/groups/offgridcommunities/

Everyone that Buys a $1 per month “Guide to Off Grid Living” Subscription Will Also Receive Free Off Grid Consulting Services

For people who don’t want a subscription for reading and researching and that would like a shortcut by consulting with a real, experienced off grid expert, the Guide to Off Grid Living, also provides $9.99 per month “Off Grid Consulting Services.”

Every paying customer will be assigned an Account Executive (AE) that will listen to a family’s dreams and plans via telephone, then help the customer set up obtainable goals and objectives, help them them crunch the numbers and how to write out a 5-year budget, etc., etc. that will help their families move into an Off Grid Homestead as soon as possible.

Customers can sign up for $9.99 monthly Off Grid Consulting services by visiting https://py.pl/1wMhMK and purchase the Off Grid Consulting Services Package.


About “Guide to Off Grid Living”:

Living-Off-Grid.com magazine provides an extensive Frequency Asked Questions Sheet as well as a portfolio of product and service recommendations to help new future homesteaders take a short cut to the time tested solutions so that they may make the best purchase decisions as quickly as possible. 

Off Grid equipment vendors that would like to advertise or spend money to sponsor live product training everts are welcome and should contact Robert Hoskins at (512) 627-6622 to discuss portfolio of different opportunities to the this target audience of future homesteaders and pioneers that want to build an Off Grid Homestead.

The very first question that beginners and newbies ask is, “Where can I can a good piece of rural property to buy/“ The magazines publishes provides a free “Directory of the Best States for Off Grid Living,” which provides an Off Grid profile for every state in the USA and numerous countries around the world. 

=> https://livingoffgrid.home.blog/2020/05/26/living-off-grid-com-magazine-unveils-new-state-by-state-buyers-guide-detailing-where-the-best-states-are-in-america-to-start-living-off-grid-in-a-tiny-home-log-cabin-or-luxury-home/

For all other questions and to sign up for personal Off Grid Living (OGL) consulting services, please connect with one of our Facebook discussion groups or business pages for Arizona, Northern Arizona, California, New Mexico, New York or Texas.

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Contact:
Robert Hoskins
Editor/Community Manager
Living-Off-Grid.com Magazine
Email: rhoskins2001@yahoo.com
Cell: (512) 627-6622

Off Grid Living (OGL) Consulting Services for Beginners that Want Build an Off Grid Homestead Anywhere in the World

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For Only $9.99 per Month, You Can Consult With and Talk to a Real Experienced Off Grid Expert in Order to Learn How to Build an Off Grid Homestead Anywhere in the World 

Right now, you can subscribe to OGL Consulting Services for only $9.99 per month. The price also includes a free subscription to our “Guide to Off Grid Living,” a free subscription to our  Living-Off-Grid.com magazine at https://livingoffgrid.home.blog/ and access to our global network of over 250,000 Off Grid Living Facebook discussion group members at => https://www.facebook.com/groups/OffGridHomes/  .  

OGL Consulting Services is perfect solution for beginners that would like to consult with and talk to a real,  experienced off grid expert via telephone about what it will take to buy a rural piece of property; build some sort of shelter; and start preparing an Off Grid Homestead as a place to live before Shit Hits the Fan (SHTF).  We have a network of over 250,000+ off grid members that live in English speaking countries all over the world. 

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Off Grid Living (OGL) Consulting Services include:

  1. Buying Off Grid Land:
    Help you select a county and state where you can buy an affordable piece of remote rural land that is perfect of an Off Grid Homestead.
  2. Buying Solar or Wind Power Generation:
    Help you evaluate, buy and install a solar power array or wind turbine that produces free electricity anywhere you need it.
  3. Building a Shelter or a Home:
    Help you select a shelter type and create a plan to build, rent or buy an Off Grid home including putting in a driveway and carving out a house pad.
  4. Building a Supply of Freshwater:
    Help you decide whether or not to tap an existing spring, drill a well, dig a pond or install a rainwater harvesting system to collect fresh water. This includes distilling or filtering water to make it safe to drink.
  5. Raising a Source for Meat/Milk:
    Help you research, plan and establish a barnyard full of livestock to provide meat including chickens, rabbits, goats, pigs and/or cattle.
  6. Planting Veggie/Medicinal Gardens:
    Help you research your planting zone, soil type and various types of gardens you can build. We will help you plan, build, plant and manage an Aquaponics, Hay Bale, Hügelkulture, raised bed, wicking bed, walipini, cold frame or greenhouse garden for growing vegetables and/or medicinal gardens all 12 months of the year
  7. Finding and Subscribing to a Fast Internet Connection:
    Help you research, plan and buy a Cell Phone Hotspot Service for fast cell tower internet access or a Starlink satellite antenna for super fast broadband internet access no matter where you build a homestead.
  8. Planning an Approved Waste Disposal Service:
    Help you research and plan for human waste disposal via a septic system, composting toilet and a black soldier fly composting bin that turns human waste and table scraps into free chicken feed.
  9. Building a Hot Water Heating Solution:
    Help you research, plan and build a hot water heating system so you can take long hot showers with solar, a wood stove or propane heated water. Bonus: How to Build a Hillbilly Hot Tub. 
  10. Installing a Homestead Security System
    Help you research, plan and install a security system to keep your Off Grid Home as secure as possible from apex predators and/or bad actors, intruders and scavengers with bad intentions.

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Sunview Solar Helps Customers Roll the Cost of Solar Power Arrays into New Mortgages when Buying a Home in South Carolina to Help Eliminate Electricity Bills and Zero-Out Carbon Footprints

Special Deals/Discounts Now Available until December 15, 2021 for Residential Customers that Buy Homes in Summerville, Goose Creek, Johns Island, Ladson, Lincolnville, North Charleston, Knightsville, Mount Pleasant, Sangaree, and other Cities in Dorchester County, SC

Sunview Solar Power Installations in Summerville, SC

Charleston, SC (November 15, 2021) – Sunview Solar announced today that it has rolled out special new solar installation program for new home buyers that allow home buyers to take advantage of the 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit, which expires December 31, 2022, and the 25% South Carolina Solar Tax Credit.

How Much Does a 5,000-watt (5-kW) Solar Array Cost in South Carolina?
At an installed cost of $3.00 per watt    5,000 watts x $4.00       = $20,000
then subtract the 26% Federal Tax Credit (26% x $20,000)        =  -$5,200
then subtract the 25% SC Tax Credit           (25% x $20,000)          =   -$5,000
                                          Final Cost to Customer after Discounts                    =   $9,800

What Areas is this Solar Offer Available?
The Sunview Solar installation company sells solar to customers that are buying homes for sale in Ashborough East, Blackberry Creek, Bridges of Summerville, Cane Bay Plantation, Carnes Crossroads, Drakesborough, Eastwood Homes, Felder Creek, Foxbank Plantation, Highwoods Plantation, Lakes of Summerville, Lakes of Cayne Bay, Legend Oaks Plantation, Nexton, North Creek Village, Old Rice Retreat, Pine Forest Country Club, The Ponds, Reminisce at the Promenade, Spring Grove Plantation, Summer Trace, Strawberry Station, Summers Corner, Sunburst Lakes, Sunnyfield, Weatherstone, Wescott Plantation, White Gables and other master planned communities in the following zip codes: 29420, 29437, 29447, 29448, 29471, 29472, 29477, 29483, 29484, and 29485.

The best homes for solar have a south-, west- or east-facing rooftop, at least 500 sq. ft. of open space to install solar. The same pricing outlined above is available to any homeowner that would like to install solar on their rooftop for a very affordable price.

Solar sales commissions are paid to realtors, real estate agents, builders, etc. for referrals at closing.

Rolling the Cost of Solar Power Array into a Home Mortgage is Easy

Residential customers are now rolling the cost of solar power into their home’s mortgage similar to the way people have been buying swimming pools at the same time they purchase a new home for years so there is no money out-of-pocket requirement. Customers will enjoy a home with a zero-carbon footprint with no electricity bills other than a small monthly fee to remain connected to the grid.  

The Price of Solar Has Been Falling and Is Now Very Affordable

“It was surprising to us when we first began selling solar in South Carolina ten years ago that customers were not aware that the price of solar has fallen 82% since 2010,” said top Eric Molton, Sunview Solar’s CEO. “Many people in South Carolina do not realize that there are Federal and State Solar Tax Credits that are good until the end of 2021 that will pay approximately 51% of the total cost of a residential solar power installations. On average, a 5-kW solar system will generate more than $30,000 worth of free electricity over the next 25-years. Even more if electric rates continue to go up.”

How to Get a Free Customized Solar Quote

To get the best price in South Carolina and find out how much it would cost to eliminate 100% of a customer’s electricity bill, please contact Robert Hoskins at (512) 627-6622. All we need to generate a solar proposal for your home to zero out its electric bill is one copy of your monthly South Carolina residential electric bill.  Just take a picture of one of your electric bills and text it to the number above.

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Contact:
Robert Hoskins
Front Page PR
Cell: (512) 627-6622
Email: rhoskins2001@yahoo.com 

How to Get Started in Your Quest to Find a Good Piece of Property that Will Be Well Suited for Living Off Grid

Topographic Maps
Here are a couple of simple steps to
help you begin the process of moving off grid

How to Start Looking for Land Parcels to Buy in Every State and County  

What to look for in a property to live off grid?
1. Go to http://Weather.com and type in the nearest big city
2. Then click on on the Monthly Tab or https://weather.com/weather/monthly/. This will show you the high temperatures for the summer and the low temperatures for the winter
3. Google “how many sunny days” for the nearest big city. This will be important when figuring how much solar power you can generate with solar panels
4. Google “how deep the water table is” for the county or state to see how deep you will need to drill a well to hit water. 
5. Google “how many inches of rain/snow and what kind of wind” the area gets on an annual basis. This will tell you how well you might do with Harvesting Rainwater
6. Google “what garden growing zone” your property is located. Once you know what growing zone you are in, then you can Google what garden vegetables, plants, bushes and trees can be grown in this region.  This will tell you what kind of food can you grow and harvest to support your family. 
7. Google “hunting and fishing regulations” for the state or county.  This will tell you what wildlife you can hunt and what type of fish/sea food might be available to harvest.
8. Google the driving distances to: grocery stores, feed stores, farmers markets, a post office, FedEx/UPS offices, hardware stores like ACE/HomeDepot/Lowes, dentist/doctor offices, emergency resources such as fire departments, EMS ambulance services, pharmacies, homeless shelters, social services and law enforcement services. One day when you least expect it, you may need one or more of these services.  
9. What natural resources do you have to build with? Trees for lumber, rocks for foundations and walls, etc. 
10.  Download and learn how to use Google Earth. Use it to analyze areas that look good from satellite photos. Also visit https://www.lat-long.com/ and select your state. This will give you to GPS coordinates for every spring, seep, stock tank reservoir, within several miles of your property’s GPS coordinates.  Google Earth and Lat-Long are one of the most useful tools I have ever used for scouting areas for hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking and kayaking. If you use these tools and record handwritten notes onto printed 7.5 Minute quadrangle maps, you will be able to move cross country without ever being seen.  All you need is a compass and some good. binoculars. You will never wonder what is on the other side of that ridge or mountain because you have virtually scouted every single feature with 20 miles of your property. 

The Benefits of Raising Goats on Off Grid Homesteads to Provide Milk and Meat

What are the main benefits of raising goats for Off Grid Homesteads?

  • Raise your own meat. Raising goats for meat can be a great thing to do for your own family, to provide for your food needs, but it can also be a profitable small farm business — if thought through carefully and with an eye to where you will market it.
  • Produce milk. Dairy goats give copious amounts of milk, usually more than a family can use. You can make goat cheese, goat yogurt, and whatever other dairy products you can dream up (goat kefir?). If you are a small farmer, goats can help you achieve a goal of producing value-added products like cheese, and yogurt—or just sell fresh goat milk. There is a good market for it with folks who can’t tolerate cow dairy milk.
  • Produce soap. Goat milk makes a wonderful, soft and mild soap that is often used by people with sensitive skin.
  • Produce fiber. Goats can be used for fiber as well as milk and meat. They’re so versatile. Angora and Pygora goats yield mohair, while cashmere goats produce cashmere. Again, you can take raw goat fiber and spin it into yarn and knit, weave, or crochet it into any number of value-added products.
  • Clear land. Goats are great browsers and they love to eat weeds and blackberry brambles. Pasture them on whatever you want to clear out and let them act as living brush hogs.
  • Use their skin and hide. Goat skins can be dried and tanned like leather and used in any number of products, including goatskin gloves. Goat hides (with hair still intact) are traditionally used in Africa to make drum heads. Goatskin rugs can also be made.

Read more about the Benefits of Raising Goats at:
https://www.treehugger.com/benefits-of-raising-goats-3016471

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Welcome to the Arizona OffGrid
Construction Services Co-Operative™ Page

Have you recenty purchased land in Arizona and are now searching for construction services to help you make necessary improvements to your land at the most affordable price possible?

All members of the Arizona OffGrid Construction Services Cooperative will enjoy affordable construction services since we are a non-profit organization. We provide many different types of services that are provided at cost or very near cost plus enough to pay our employees enough to make good salary for working hard every day to help our customers carve out a homestead on the raw land they have purchased.

Our construction crews can do everything from building t-post / solar-powered electric fences to keep out cattle, to using heavy machinery to bulldoze new roads and level out drive ways, to clearing out and removing trees, tree stumps, bushes, rock and boulders to make room for a building gravel pads for RVs/double-wide trailers as well as digging and pouring cement footers for pier-and-beam and cement foundations for new homes, cabins, sheds and manufactured homes.

Need a well drilled, water lines dug and pipes laid, or a new septic system installed? No problem! We are a non-profit, cooperative and will build all of these things for most affordable price possible.

In addition, we have a staff of licensed contractors, including:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Services – for generating customized, floor-plan drawings that can be submitted to county permit offices.
    Arizona OffGrid Construction Services Co-Operative
  • Carpenters – for building anything with wood. Predator-proof chiken coops, rabbit huts, bee hives to wooden decks and pergolas to outbuildings, sheds, cabins and regular stick-framed homes. You name it, we can frame it.
    Shed Homes - How to Stick Frame Walls with Siding - Living-Off-Grid.com
  • Electricians – for installing solar systems, battery backup banks and back up generators to wiring entire homes and barns with AC and DC outlets.
    Arizona OffGrid Construction Services Co-Operative Electricians Wiring a House
  • Plumbers – for installing water lines/drip lines for gardens to rainwater collection systems to plumbing homes with cold and hot water lines for kitchen, bathrooms and washrooms to water solutions for live stock.
    Living Off Grid - How to Keep Your Shed or Cabin Warm in the Winter by Installing Radiant Heating with Underflow PEX Piping in Tandem with a Solar Hot Water Heater, Propane Heater or a Wood-Fired Boiler
  • Stone Masons – for building stone fireplaces, rock/brick fire pits and gabion rock-baskets for rock retaining walls.
    How to Build a Rocket Stove Mass Heater Combined with Masonry Stone Work to Heat an Off Grid Cabin or Home
  • Solar Panel /Power Inverter Installers – for building small, medium and large solar power arrays to provide free, clean, green electricity.
    Cascade Solar Groad Mount Solar for Off Grid Sheds, Cabins and Homes
  • Rainwater Collection Experts – for building small, medium and large rainwater harvesting systems that are large enough to collect a years worth of water supply from a single monsoon thunderstorms.
    Off Grid Living - How to Install Rain Barrel Cisterns to Collect Rainwater and Store It to Provide Water
  • Build Predator Proof Chicken Coops – for raising chickens, ducks, geese and other types of birds for eggs, meat and feathers.
    Living Off Grid - How to Build a Predator Proof Chicken Coop to Protect Against Foxes, Skunks, Opossums and Raccoons
  • Bee Hive Apiary Specialists – for designing and building beehives with safety in mind for healthy bee populations, teaching best bee raising practices, and teaching off griders what type of gardens, trees, bushes and wildflowers to produce the most profitable types of honey. OffGridders can also participate in raising bees to participate in pollination programs that rent and transport bees to California once a year.
    Living Off Grid - How to Make Money Raising Bees and Selling Raw Honey for an Off Grid Cabin or Home
  • Raised Bed Gardens/Aquaponic Garden System Installers – for building gardens with perfectly pH balanced water/soil garden growing beds, water lines and drip systems and/or standard greenhouses and/or high-tunnel gardens.
    Living Off Grid - Planting a Raised Bed Garden for an Off Grid Homestead
  • Food Shelter Belts Arborists – for planting shrubs, berry bushes, fruit and nut trees that serve as wind breaks, but with the side benefits of growing food for homesteaders and the wildlife around them.
    Off Grid Living - Planting a Tree for a Wind Break - 2
  • Natural Swimming Pools – for designing and digging stock tanks and natural swimming pools that use aquatic plants to filter the water to keep it clear as well as doubling as a pond for raising fish.
     Off Grid Living - Building a Pond for an Off Grid Property
  • USDA-Backed Loans – there are government backed loans and grants that offgrid homesteaders can get from the federal government to help them obtain loans for improving their properties. But you have to work with licensed contractors for them to approve a loan contact us for more details.
    USDA Rural Development Loan Programs 2020
  • Land Concierage Services – for landowners that haven’t moved onto their land yet, many times discover that it can be a burden to keep paying land rent payments, Property Owners Association (POA) dues and annual property taxes with no return-on-investment.
    Living Off Grid - Living in a Tiny Homel in the High Desert of Northern Arizona

    Our land concierge experts will teach land owners how to make minimal investments in building chicken coops, raised bed gardens, bee hives and building small tiny homes that can be rented out as an AirBNB properties to people who want to give the living off the grid experience a try.

    It’s hard to make money as an individual homesteader trying to sell extra eggs, garden produce or raw honey in low volumes to the general public, but when a property owner participates in a cooperative that aggregates these types of products and sells them to a distributor, the process becomes much easier and more profitable.

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Cascade Solar Unveils Affordabe Solar Power Kits for Off Grid Sheds, Cabins and Homes for Unbeatable Prices

Searching for a cost-effective solar power kit
to provide electricity for your OffGrid Shed, Cabin or Container Home or Tiny House?

Cascade Solar Groad Mount Solar for Off Grid Sheds, Cabins and Homes

Cascade Solar Groad Mount Solar for Off Grid Sheds, Cabins and Homes

Cascade Solar offers the best deal/cost-per-watt on turnkey solar power systems that provide everything needed, including batteries!

August 25, 2020Cascade Solar is now offering turnkey solar power systems in 1-kW, 3-kW, 5-kW, 8-kW and 10-kW plug and play configurations for best price you will find anywhere in the United States. All of their systems include premium -0/+5% solar panels, 97% efficiency power inverters, 12v 250 Ah AGM batteries, combiner boxes, PV electricity wiring, MC4 connectors, and roof or ground mount racking systems.

Each one of the solar power arrays featured below offers the best prices that were negotiated due to Cascade’s high-volume discounts. All of these systems include at least one battery and a power inverter with plenty of room to add additional strings of solar panels as a homestead expands.

In other words, these systems are engineered to make it easy to add more solar panels and batteries as more and more solar electricity is needed or as the customer has more funds to spend on solar on a year-by-year basis.

Solar systems/battery banks can be expanded as budget allows upgrades:

  • The low-end systems can be expanded from 1.2-kW up to 5-kW of solar panels.
  • The high-end systems can be expanded from 5-kW up to 10-kW of solar panels.
  • All Battery Banks include at least one 10-hour AGM battery. Extra batteries $439 each. Lithium Ion battery packs are available at a significantly higher price!
  • We carry Solar Panels from Q-Cell (quoted below) and LG (available upon request).

U.S. Federal Solar Tax Credit – 26% Tax Credit Write Off on 2020 Tax Returns

The U.S. 26% federal solar tax credit expires on 12/31/20. In addition to the great prices, customers who pay taxes at the end of the year can write off 26% of the total cost of their solar system installation on their 2020 federal tax return. Some states also offer solar tax credits.

1.2-kilowatt Turnkey Off Grid Solar System for RVs, Tents & Small Sheds$5,162.46

$5,162.46
-$1,342.23 (tax write off) =
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$3,820.23 Total Out of Pocket

  • Four 315-watt Q-Cells Mono-Crystalline -0/+5% ( 315-w panels X 4 = 1,260 watts)
  • DC Combiner Box – Breaker, SPD, Switches –  4 solar string inputs, 1 string output
  • 5k 97% Efficient Hybrid Inverter with built-in Charge Controller/MPPT – Up to 5,000 watts
  • One 12v 250 Ah AGM Battery* with Cables – (Extra batteries only $439 each)
  • PV Electrical Wiring – 150 ft roll
  • Plug and Play MC4 Connectors for connecting panels
  • Full Ground-Mount Racking System
  • 1,260-watts x 5 sun hours per day = 6.3-kWh per day/189-kWh per month
  • At $0.11 cents per watt, this is worth $20.79 worth of free electricity
  • Break even point. Cost $5,162.47/$20.79 month free electricity = 248 months to break even
  • Total Cost $5,162.46 / 1,260 watts = $4.09 per watt for comparison shopping
  • Federal Tax Credit = $1,342.23 can be deducted from 2020 U.S. federal tax returns
  • Doesn’t include Taxes or Shippping that are based on final shipping address

3.1-kilowatt Turnkey Off Grid Solar System for Cabins, Yurts and Log Homes – $8,340.45

$8,340.45
-$2,168.51 (tax write off) =
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$6,171.94 Total Out of Pocket

  • Ten 315-watt Q-Cells Mono-Crystalline -0/+5% ( 315-w panels X 10 = 3,150 watts)
  • DC Combiner Box – Breaker, SPD, Switches –  4 solar string inputs, 1 string output
  • 5k 97% Efficient Hybrid Inverter with built-in Charge Controller/MPPT – Up to 5,000 watts
  • Four 12v 250 Ah AGM Batteries with Cables – 1,000 Ah battery bank (extra batteries $439)
  • PV Electrical Wiring – 150 ft roll
  • Plug and Play MC4 Connectors for connecting panels
  • Full Ground-Mount Racking System
  • 3,150-watts x 5 sun hours per day = 15.75-kWh per day/472.5-kWh per month
  • At $0.11 cents per watt, this is worth $51.97 worth of free electricity
  • Break even point. Cost $8340.45/$51.97 month free electricity = 160 months to break even
  • Total Cost $8,340.45 / 3,150 watts = $2.64 per watt for comparison shopping
  • Federal Tax Credit = $2,168.51 can be deducted from 2020 U.S. federal tax returns
  • Doesn’t include Taxes or Shippping that are based on final shipping address 

5.0-kilowatt Turnkey Off Grid Solar System for Cabins, Yurts and Log Homes – $13,262.78

$13,262.78
-$3,448.32 (tax write off) =
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$9,814.46   Total Out of Pocket

  • Sixteen 315-watt Q-Cells Mono-Crystalline -0/+5% ( 315-w panels X 10 = 5,040 watts)
  • DC Combiner Box – Breaker, SPD, Switches –  4 solar string inputs, 1 string output
  • 5k 97% Efficient Hybrid Inverter with built-in Charge Controller/MPPT – Up to 5,000 watts
  • Six 12v 250 Ah AGM Batteries w/Cables = 1,500 Ah battery bank (extra batteries $439 each)
  • PV Electrical Wiring – 150 ft roll
  • Plug and Play MC4 Connectors for connecting panels
  • Full Ground-Mount Racking System
  • 5,040-watts x 5 sun hours per day = 25.2 kWh per day/756 kWh per month
  • At $0.11 cents per watt, this is worth $83.16 worth of free electricity
  • Break even point. Cost $13,262.78/$83.16 month free electricity = 159 months to break even
  • Total Price of $13,262.78 / 5,040 watts = $2.63 per watt for comparison shopping
  • Federal Tax Credit = $3,448.32 can be deducted from 2020 U.S. federal tax returns
  • Doesn’t include Taxes or Shippping that are based on final shipping address

8.1-kilowatt Turnkey Off Grid Solar System for Cabins, Yurts and Log Homes – $18,667.89

$18,667.89
-$4,853.65 (tax write off) =
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$13,814.24  Total Out of Pocket

  • Twenty-six 315-watt Q-Cells Mono-Crystalline -0/+5% ( 315-w panels X 26 = 8,190 watts)
  • DC Combiner Box – Breaker, SPD, Switches –  4 solar string inputs, 1 string output
  • 10k 97% Efficient Hybrid Inverter with built-in Charge Controller/MPPT – Up to 10,000 watts
  • Eight 12v 250 Ah AGM Batteries with Cables = 2,000 Ah battery bank (extra batteries $439)
  • PV Electrical Wiring – 150 ft roll
  • Plug and Play MC4 Connectors for connecting panels
  • Full Ground-Mount Racking System
  • 8,190-watts x 5 sun hours per day = 40.95-kWh per day/1228.5-kWh per month
  • At $0.11 cents per watt, this is worth $135.13 worth of free electricity
  • Break even point. Cost $18,667.89/$135.13 month free electricity = 138 months break even
  • Total Cost $18,667.89 / 8,190 watts = $2.27 per watt for comparison shopping
  • Federal Tax Credit = $4,853.65 can be deducted from 2020 U.S. federal tax returns
  • Doesn’t include Taxes or Shippping Costs that are based on final shipping address

10.0-kilowatt Turnkey Off Grid Solar System for Cabins, Yurts and Log Homes – $19,942.47

$19,942.47
-$5,185.04 (tax write off) =
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$14,757.43 Total Out of Pocket

  • Thirty-two 315-watt Q-Cells Mono-Crystalline -0/+5% ( 315w panels X 26 = 10,080 watts)
  • DC Combiner Box – Breaker, SPD, Switches –  8 solar string inputs, 1 string output
  • 10k 97% Efficient Hybrid Inverter with built-in Charge Controller/MPPT – Up to 10,000 watts
  • Eight 12v 250 Ah AGM Battery with Cables = 2,000 Ah battery bank (extra batteries for $439)
  • PV Electrical Wiring – 150 ft roll
  • Plug and Play MC4 Connectors for connecting panels
  • Full Ground-Mount Racking System
  • 10,080-watts x 5 sun hours per day = 50.4-kWh per day/1,512-kWh per month
  • At $0.11 cents per watt, this is worth $166.32 worth of free electricity
  • Break even point. Cost $19,942.47/$166.32 month free electricity = 119 months break even
  • $19,942.47 / 10,080 watts = $1.97 per watt
  • Federal Tax Credit = $5,185.04 can be deducted from 2020 U.S. federal tax returns
  • Doesn’t include Taxes or Shippping Costs that are based on final shipping address

Which Solar Electric Kit Will Be Enough to Power My Entire Home?

For most off grid sheds, cabins and homes in the United States, one of the solar systems above should provide more than enough solar electricity to power your entire off grid homestead. These off grid systems are not designed to be used with a grid-tied home, but will accomodate a backup generator should it be needed during long periods of cloudy days when needed to charge up the battery bank.

Most of these systems price out to be less than a $3.00 per watt, which is way more affordable than most solar installation companies will charge you.  You will save thousands of dollars by doing all of the solar installation work yourself.

We do recommend hiring a journeyman electrician to oversee the wiring and grounding portion of the installation. And maybe a general handyman to help with pouring the cement footers for the ground mount and digging trenches and/or installing conduit pipe when running wiring underground from the array to the house or utility closet where the batter banks are located.

All of solar power kits, ranging from 1-kW to 10-kW system include everything you’ll need including solar panels, power inverter with built in MPPT charge controller, batteries, wiring and the racking system for a ground mount. They are complete turnkey solar systems that will provide sufficient electricity to power entire homes and/or businesses.

1st Question: How Much Solar Will Your Off Grid Homestead Need?

To figure out the how much solar your home will need, make a list of all the appliances you use in your current home: satellite dish, TV, computer, kitchen appliances, refrigerator, freezer, washer/dryer, lights, etc. You can either use a Kill a Watt Meter or an electric calculator to calculate out how much electricity everything uses. Another way to estimate electric needs is to gather your last 12 months of electric bills to see how many total kWh you are using now on a monthly basis and add up the last 12 months. Most homes use about 30-kWh per day or 900-kWh per month.

2nd Question: How Much Space Is Needed to Build an Ground Mount Solar Power Array?

A 1-kW of solar power panels typically requires 100 square feet or less of space. So 1-kW of panels will take up approximately 100 sq. ft. of space. 3-kW would take up to 300 sq. ft. 10-kW will need 1,000 sq. ft. Solar Panels and batteries should be as close as possible to where the electricity will be used to prevent line loss.

3rd Question: How Much Solar Energy Will My Solar System Generate?

The amount energy that can be generated by solar panels is dependent on how many sun hours your homestead receives each day. PVWatts is a good resource for determining how many watts your system will generate. Or you can look at a solar sun hour map below. In the southwest United States, most places in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas will receive 5 sun hours during winter months and up to 8 hours of sun during the summer months.

Sun Hour Map of the United States

Sun Hour Map of the United States

 Actual power generated will vary based on location, equipment and installation factors. Refer to your electric utility bill to find the actual kWh used per month and then find the solar system that produces a similar amount of kWhs.

What is included in my Solar Power Installation Kit?

Our kits provide all the solar components you need from start to finish:

  • Solar Panels – PV modules with 25-year warranties, high effiicency and a -0/+5% power tolerance.
  • Off Grid Hybrid Inverters – includes a 97% efficient MPPT battery charge controller
  • Wiring and Waterproof  MC4 Connectors – everything you need to connect the solar panels, batteries to the home’s electric utility panel/breaker box
  • Racking and Attachments – Industrial strength ground racking mounts for installing solar panels on the ground to allow for easy cleaning and snow removal.
  • Solar Power Monitoring Displays – Free with every kit purchase! Digital read out displasy allow customers to view and analyze theiring solar energy production in real-time.
  • Not Included – Concrete, schedule 40 pipe, conduit pipe, fittings, breakers, junction boxes and a sub panel (if required). All these items can be purchased at any electrical supply shop, Home Depot or Lowes, and will typically cost ~$1,500.

Can I Install a 1-kW to 10-kW Ground Mount System Myself?

  • Most people can install a ground-mounted solar system on their own in a couple of days.
  • Our kits use industry leading solar panels, inverters, and racking systems specifically selected and combined to make do-it-yourself installation possible.
  • A homeowner who has wired up AC outlets before and is comfortable working with electricity should be able install our off grid solar systems.
  • If self-installation is not for you, we can help you find a local NABCEP-certified solar installer to help you with the process in your area.

What does a typical solar installation process include?

A typical solar ground-mounted system for a home can be installed within one or two weekends once a permit is obtained from your city or county.  After that, it’s just several easy steps until you’re system is  producing solar electricity from the sun’s endless and free energy.

  1. First, the racking and mounting system must be installed. This is the most laborious process of the solar installation process. You have to dig deep holes and pour concrete footers.
  2. Once the racking and mounting system is secured in the ground, the solar panels and inverters can be quickly installed. The inverter(s) are then tied to the home through a dedicated circuit breaker in the main service panel.
  3. When the installation is complete, your city or county inspector must sign off on it. You can accomplish this by scheduling an inspection meeting with them.
  4. Lastly, you must get the system inspected by the local permit authority.

What If I Need to Hire a Contractor to Do All of the Installation Work for Me?

Any licensed general, electrical or solar contractor can install our solar kits. If you select to hire a contractor to install your solar kit, you should expect to pay approximately $1.00 per watt for labor, wire, conduit, fittings, breakers and other miscellaneous electrical components to complete the solar system installation.

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Sound good, but you’d like to talk to a real person to walk you through the solar purchase decision and solar installation process? Fill out this form so we can review your property location, examine possible shade from tree cover and calculate the number of solar hours that your property should receive and how many kWhs your solar system should produce.