Jeremy Allen wrote:Alan, Chad, thanks for the replies. I was trying to keep it generic so it'd be more helpful to others looking for starter guides on this. But maybe it's more helpful to be more specific about my situation?
Firstly, Alan, can you talk more about your Ecological Solar Design course? What are the skills taught to a non-electrician like myself?
Anyway, my situation is that I am moving into an off-grid yurt in the coming months. It would cost >$80k to have power brought in, and then I'd get the pleasure of a monthly power bill and the company assuming ownership of all of the equipment I'd need to install to get the power to my yurt (and future house) site. So off-grid just made a ton more sense.
I already have most of the equipment. I got a killer deal on the Clean Energy Storage Powergrid PG11, here's the stat sheet. It contains the AIMS 8kW Power Inverter Charger, the Outback FlexMAX 80, and the Nuvation NUV300 battery controller. It's supposed to be "plug and play" but I don't have the skills to know the minutia required. I also got a crazy good deal on Canadian 275w solar panels, so have 20 of those. I don't have anything to connect the panels to the inverter/charge controller. I see the schematic in the Powergrid instructions, but wanted to make sure I was doing everything properly (as you pointed out, small mistakes can be big problems).
I have a southern exposed area that's close to the yurt for the panels. I ultimately want some type of pole mount, since I could more easily shed the snow and change the angle to catch the sun in winter better.
Hmm, what else?
I will reach out to the local contractor who does off-grid systems, but felt like I had most of the work done and just needed to "plug it all together." Of course, I'm not so naive to think that's really all I need to do... :)
Thanks for your, and anyone else's, advice. Trying to save money, but like not exploding.
Julio Budreaux wrote:Paul and Alan, welcome! I would be super excited to win a slot in your next PDC course. I'm slowly (aren't we all?) putting together a permaculture Paw Paw orchard outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas. I've got three planted as tests and they've done well over the past year, so I now have another 8 ready to go into the ground this year and 28 seedlings planted in RootMakerII pots. My plan is to have more than 80 trees in the ground by the fall of 2020!
Anyway, welcome again and good luck to everybody in the drawing!
J Davis wrote:Fascinating thread.
As bio/chemical toxins have become prevalent, the need to incorporate detox protocols into daily routines has become evident.
It seems that as emf increases, our need for adaptogens (and or cannaboids) may likewise become evident.
Does anyone have actual data on how earth shelters block or mitigate emf?
Charlotte Tessadri wrote:I think practicing permaculture is a great way to awaken the inner scientist in people, but I am not very strict with the word scientist. For me a scientist definitely is a person who wants to free themselves from the norms to discover the truth beyond the known. Old paradigms have to be changed or thrown out for something new to come. If you research within a discipline you already are caught in the concepts of that discipline, meaning you're already nit thinking freely, because the perspective you're researching from has been taught to you from someone else, who has also taken over concepts from another person.
Thus a scientist who has studied in his field for many years might not be as free as someone who has never studied anything before.
And I think to really observe something, perceive it purely it is better to have a free mind rather than a mind stuffed with various concepts.
Anyway: Alan, thank you for the response about the education techniques from the San people. I'm very fascinated now and I'm wondering why you have such a deep knowledge in that field. Did you live with them for some time?
Jeremy Allen wrote:As a man of squishy sciences (biology, mycology, medicine- all squishy things) I’m less informed with things electrical. I’m setting up an 11kW solar system with PV to power my off grid home. Any helpful design sites out there? I’m having a hard time figuring out the best way to “plug it all together” including cables connecting the panels. YouTube has failed me. Much appreciated!
Greg Martin wrote:I kind of look at it as....when one is using the scientific method one is acting as a scientist. You can be a professional scientist, an amateur scientist, have a doctorate in a science, have a bachelor's degree or be a high school drop out. Those are just extra titles to characterize the folks, but I think someone is only a scientist when they are doing science. Don't get me wrong, some people are better at it than others....some much better. And peer review is a critical part of the process. Without peer review it gets dicey fast because it's much too easy to fail due to our unexamined biases. Peer review isn't perfect, but it certainly tends to help.
Jeremy Allen wrote:This is awesome stuff. I work in medicine and frequently am re-looking up stuff, using pubmed.gov over and over, sometimes bookmarking. Thanks for the tip!
Charlotte Tessadri wrote:Thank you for this detailed and very deep answer to my question. I'm really impressed and thankful for the package of knowledge you just gave me. I am really wondering how it would be to talk to you for real. :-)
And I have to say I'm also very happy about your answer. I like to call myself a scientist because I love to observe and I also love the challenge to break my boundaries and search for the unknown or let's say renew old, dusty paradigms.
I'm very much into the science of yoga which is a very old and mostly misinterpreted science about how we perceive our reality. I believe that yogis were the first indian scientists, who included much more in their observations than modern scientist do today. That's why they might have gone much deeper as we go today.
Studying yoga deeply definitely redefines your view of human capacities and practicing it truly extends yours and the capacities of your surrounding for sure.
Please forgive me my English, it's a bit late now and my brain is tired. 😊
Anyway thank you for the answer.
I'm still a bit curious tough:
I studied educational science and I am very much interested in pedagogical concepts that educators use to teach people.
Can you tell me a bit about your approach of teaching permaculture and also your way of teaching to teach permaculture. 😊
How do you think can and will people sustainably learn and which methods to you use to support them in your courses?
Looking forward to another great answer