Solar Powered Water Pumping

A quiet revolution is taking place in the way water is pumped beyond the electric power lines. Solar power provides a welcome alternative to fuel-burning generators, cumbersome windmills and tedious handpumps. Over 20,000 solar pumps are in use throughout the world. Most of them are small systems for remote homes, livestock and village drinking water. Solar pumps are gaining in popularity because they are reliable, require no fuel, are easy to install, and require little maintenance. They are...

WindPV System

Fred amp Linnea Rassman with son Dylan In 1971 I bought 10 acres in central Allegany County, New York and started building an A-frame house. I used all hand tools since there was no electricity available. After I completed the house, I checked on getting the power line installed and found out the power company wanted 10,000 to bring in the lines. Then they wanted a monthly rate even if I didn't use any power, since I was the only one who would be using that line. Well, that was out of my price...

Wincharger and Jacobs

Wincharger and Jacobs wind generators were the two most common types during the pre REA Rural Electric Administration days of the 1930's, 40's and early 50's. Although this might seem like an article about antiques, it is a short description of the most cost effective wind machines in the 150 to 3,000 Watt range available today. These machines worked fine for thousands of rural people a generation or two ago. They can sometimes be put back into service for under 300 and many hours of work. IF...