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Affordable Solar Starter Kit

solar kitSo you want to get started in solar, but don’t know where to start? Here’s an inexpensive ($190, delivered) quality starter kit. 100 watts of monocrystalline solar which could generate between 250-500 watt hours daily (up to 8 hours on  laptop, or get two to run a dorm fridge), depending on your location and weather conditions. Comes with a 30 amp charge controller so you can add more solar panels, wiring, and a mounting kit. Add a battery and a inverter to get your journey started. Great for learning how solar works, science fair projects, and a building block for a larger system. You can go off grid as you build your system, taking more and more devices off the grid, a device or a room at a time. Once you have the starter kit, you can add more panels. Make sure you get additional mounting brackets and cables for your expansion. The 30 amp controller can handle 3 solar panels, so get another starter kit for your 4th panel, etc.

DIY Solar Installation Tutorials

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Introducing Easy DIY Chicken Coop Plans

“Who Else Wants the Easy Plans to Build an Attractive & Affordable Long Lasting ‘Predator-Safe’ Chicken Coop from Home That Your Backyard Chickens Love To Lay Eggs In…”

Buying your chicken coop new from the store will usually cost $500.00 upwards! and all you’ll often get is a flat-pack coop that you have to build yourself anyway, you just end up paying for overpriced materials, no fun!

Building your own chicken coop from home is by far the most cost effective solution, not to mention the most rewarding and fun, however…

you need to research and account for the right materials and measurements, nesting boxes, perches and entertainment, lighting, positioning, ventilation, waste collection and of course protection from the elements and deadly predators…

…but planning and doing it all yourself can seem just too overwhelming

Fortunately there’s an easy, cost-effective solution to build your own attractive, affordable & secure outdoor chicken coop from home in mere hours…

If you’re serious about keeping free range backyard chickens, be it out in the countryside, in the suburbs or in the city, you’re about to discover a goldmine…

Check out the Chicken Kit today!

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The Affordable Composting Toilet

This is the best, most affordable (under $900) commercial composting toilet we have seen. It is completely organic, no chemicals are used. There is no water used or plumbing besides a vent, and the vent can be solar or battery powered, or powered with a small transformer. The liquids are separated from the solids so there is no smell. This gives the solids chamber a long interval between emptying, and gives it plenty of time to breakdown into dirt. With quick, simple installation, this unit is ideal for the boat, rv (cuts down on weight, no blackwater tank necessary), camp, or off grid home. Cuts the home water consumption by close to 50%. We recommend this! http://www.green-trust.org/wordpress/2009/02/25/installing-the-natures-head-composting-toilet/

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VeggieGen fixed, and Green-Trust Changes

The VeggieGen is back in operation, after dumping $300 into a valve job and new head gasket. Head reinstalled yesterday afternoon. Didn’t have the governor adjusted correctly, and blew a capacitor on the jet pump on the well. Replaced the capacitor last night, and adjusted the governor today. Everything is working fine.

Greg and Chandra, the new caretakers, were supposed to be here this weekend, but due to car problems, won’t make it till next weekend. Yesterday I finished up at my old job, Sunday I fly to Florida for training, and we move next weekend to our new place and job. It’s hectic around here.

We finished the new prototype WVO conversion system for the Green-Trust VeggieGen series of Generators from Affordable Power so that’s being shipped out today to Affordable Power for testing and production.

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12.5 kw diesel generator coming soon!

A used 12.5 kw diesel generator is being provided by Affordable Power. The shipping is over $1000, so if anyone would like to help out with this, it would be appreciated. There is a donation link to your right, on our home page. This unit will be fueled with waste vegetable oil from local restaurants and used for combination heat and power for the Green-Trust facilities. The veggie oil conversion kit is being supplied by Greasel.

Ongoing articles and pics regarding the project can be found here.

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