How many times have you woke up in the night with no power, or a big storm comes through and your community has no power for say...up to a week. It has happened to all of us one time or another. Preparing to generate your own power and living with a system that is statistically more reliable than the grid is not that hard to do. Small Solar systems offer up the ability to supplement basic needs and do things like keep that refrigerator running for a week when the power goes down. Larger systems that are capable of autonomous operation allow a household to function just like I was on the grid. The biggest difference I have noted over the years - I produce clean near exact 60HZ 220 split phase AC with less than 1.5% variation at all times despite load. If you took the time to look at the GRID power coming into your property you would see wild swings in both the frequency and voltage at the pole. The power company doesn't tell you about this - it is plain and simple why a lot of our consumer electronics fail so quickly. Small (surface electronic components) are not in many cases designed to handle large swings (brownouts or surges) despite having filtering and or dedicated power supplies built-in. We run 14KW of solar, 2.5KW of wind, 1200 ampHr of battery storage and have 11KW of continuous 220VAC on tap. If we lose the sun and change some minor things we can live without the sun for almost 96 hours without dipping below our safety point of 65% of battery capacity. 2.5KW Turbine 110VAC three phase downstream - charge controller produces 48VDC Rather than install trackers (which I have owned many - are very unreliable) I have half of our system dedicated to a summer production angle. 7KW shown Above is our winter array that more closely faces up the sun while it tracks lower in the sky during the winter months....low maintenance. 7KW Old School rock steady solid inverters from Trace in their early years - very reliable technology - low frequency inverters 48VDC input - Synched units making 220 VAC split phase. Wind Turbine controller with a spare mounted next for just in case... DC switch gear allows system devices to be isolated and taken out of service for maintenance. Battery string deadman and PV charge switches shown. Backup - simple to maintain diesel sets that have minimal engine side electronics (glow plugs, lighting coils and oil pressure monitoring) 6.0 and 5.0KW shown Main system battery box with powered ventilation system provides for hazardous gas extraction during high charge and high discharge cycling. We live in central Arkansas and believe that Solar is the future. Being prepared is about having options - I do not trust the grid supply if and when our system starts to crack. My goal here is to provoke thought and inspire others to do the same. I am a mechanical engineer - not an electrical engineer. Everything shown in the photos I created and want to add and be very clear - much cheaper than hiring a contractor...every piling hole was dug, every bag of concrete was lugged and it was done by one person for the most part. Raising that tilt up wind turbine tower was done with a "gin pole" and a small tractor...and yes Toto I almost have brown in my drawers as it was going up. Solar for the most part has become plug and play with simple to install and wire devices that yield the end result you need. Clean reliable power all the time. We are an open book and always want to do more good than harm - any questions message me - just ask. Need help - message me. There is no secret sauce genie in the bottle BS with solar - dive in and learn.