I'm trying to figure this shit out for the farm. Does anyone have actual working experience in owning or installing home utilities? Between solar electric, solar heating, geothermal heating, battery banks, wind for water, wind for electricity, diesel/gas/propane generators.................I'm overwhelmed.
Who knows what fucking works and is expected to continue working with minimal maintenance? I can fix almost anything that doesn't take an electronics engineer, but a huge logistical train of regular replacement parts is bad juju.
I've got water filtration taken care of for 36 months or so if off the grid in an emergency.
For everything else, in a week I'll be back to the 1870's. Which is doable, but not comfortable.
I'm especially curious what you've seen in poor and/or undeveloped countries that works. The literature I'm seeing is pretty heavy on expense, gadgets, and bling. I'm sure some fucker in Pakistan, Bogata, or Rhodesia has jerry rigged the same results with some ugly and tough contraption that meets his needs.