Nice forum! (though very slow) Hopefully I can add something to it and get it moving! Some Info on my place: I started building a retirement home out of logs back in 1996 and always intended on it being a off grid place from day one. I started out with a 12 volt Trace modified sine wave inverter and 3 shell 75 watt panels as soon as I had the roof on. I added a 400 watt wind turbine the following year on a 80 tower. I soon realized the modified sine wave inverter wasn't going to do it so I switched to a 12 volt magnum pure sine wave. I continued to add panels to the roof until I maxed out my trace 40 amp charge controller. I then realized a pole mount was much better and added 1000 watt array to a pole. I have this pole currently able to spin 360 degrees which I do manually with the ability to lock it into 4 different positions. The cool thing with solar is you can add to it as funds are available. So my next upgrade is to add a sun tracker and move up to a 24 volt system. Heating is currently done with a out door wood furnace which has propane back up. I also have a 6 KW backup generator which gets most use in Nov-Dec when sun is at a minimum. The place has all the comforts of my city place and probably 3 times the size (wife wanted it that big now she wishes it was smaller) I'm adding some home automation and currently have 3 IP cameras to check on the place when I'm not here (Jan, Feb) Although I think my wife uses them more then me.