Got a good deal on some batteries... $20 bucks each.
Somebody knew somebody - they were dismantling a back up power system for a high tech facility on Haleakala, Maui, and hundreds of these perfectly good batteries were being unloaded for cheap. My husband got 20. He got a solar panel from another friend, and a old inverter we had kicking around, and made himself a free-standing power system - this one for the barn in Haiku. No more starting up the generator to run the grinder or compressor! And lights at night too.
Many places on Maui rely of off grid technology for their power needs. When it comes to off the grid systems, batteries are the weak link in the chain - you can only store so much energy - and they are usually not cheap. When setting up an off grid system be sure to consult with a licensed electrician.
Maui is going to be a leader in the green energy movement and is well positioned to take advantage of sun, wind and waves to meet the growing demand of energy for Maui homes. We get by quite well with our off grid system that includes a wind generator on a 60' tower.
If you have questions about off grid living in Hawaii, give me a call.
Moving to Maui? .... see the HAIKU relocation package
Georgina M. Hunter - The Hunter - 808 283-0635