One major storm is all it takes to reinforce why I am taking the time to set up and use my Windy 500. Our area is semi remote and we just recently have been hit with major storms. Tremendous rain falls & finally what we all fear " hydro grid lines knocked out " All residents of our area were left in the dark, food spoiling, no communication etc. We live at the base of a rock ridge so when it rains the run off lasts for days at a time and the basement sump runs approx every 2 minutes to empty. Our house seemed to be the only bright light[, Our Windy 500 feeds a 1030 amp hr. battery bank feeding a 3000 - 6000 watt inverter with three outlets. Just a matter of using hydro when required and we never lost a beat. Cooking, micro wave, toaster, coffee, TV, sump pump, computer. Just sitting back acting smart. (for a change) On the down side, my other two towers , a windy test 750 and a Presto 80 both feed gird tie inverters so when the grid is down so are they. Good when they are working but let me tell you a feeling of what value when they are not ! Anyways to all our Windy buddies, we are doing the right thing for the right reasons.