Customer Stories

Electronics Guru Goes Off-Grid with Solar in Baja, Mexico

Bob, an electronics aficionado from California, has enjoyed the world of electronics using ham radio and being involved in computer networking software and hardware. He worked in the hospitality management industry. Given his love for electronics and knowledge obtained over the years, he designed and installed his first home solar system that paid him back in just over three years thanks to the early credit incentives available in California at the time.

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Alaska Off-Grid Resident Harnesses Energy from the Sun

Living off grid presents several challenges even for those that make pre-calculations for every possible need when you’re in a remote area. Whether it’s determining a water source, developing emergency plans or deciding on a power source - most come with their own unique problem to solve and everyone’s situation is different.

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Northern Utah Residents Outfit Shelter with Solar Power

Tom and wife, Debbie live on 25 acres of alfalfa farm in Northern Utah. Joining them are four dogs and twenty-three cats. Yes, you read that correctly. Both Tom and Debbie grew up on small family farms, she in Indiana and he in New Jersey. Tom joined the US Navy in 1971 where he spent six years as a computer repairman on the USS Long Beach CGN-9 which was a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser which is now decommissioned and scrapped. Tom learned invaluable skills such as programming and electrical engineering while floating around the Indian Ocean...

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Couple Converts School Bus into Solar Powered Skooly

Mike and his wife are in their late 20s and have lived in Flagstaff for nearly 10 years. Flagstaff is the largest northern-most city in Arizona. It’s not the typical Arizona landscape you immediately envision. Full of ponderosas and aspen trees, Flagstaff is an outdoor haven for adventure seekers or those trying to get away from the rat race. It’s a short drive up from the Phoenix metro area and is popular weekend destination for those that are weary of the summer heat. 

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Retired US Navy Mechanic Deploys Off-Grid Solar Power

Larry is a retired US Navy aircraft mechanic. He and his wife currently own a boat transport company and have been mulling retirement in recent years. Settling down in a quiet place is the dream of many retirees. They had the same dream which prompted them to buy property in Northern California. Like many vacant properties, there are obstacles to overcome. Grid power can expensive if there isn’t a transformer nearby – in this case, it was 2000 feet from Larry’s property. 

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Customer Stories: Retirees Boondock 45-Foot Freightliner Outfitted with Solar Power

Scott and Susan have been adventurers together since 1978 when they married at age 20. Much of their adventure came in the form of sailing. Living in the Pacific Northwest for many years gave them the opportunity to sail the Pacific Ocean as far as Maui and up to Alaska. After retiring from Microsoft and spending the bulk of their time on the west coast, they found themselves wanting to explore places east of Seattle which led them to moving their adventures from sea to land. Their first step was finding a vehicle that could get the job done.

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Customer Stories: Rural Indiana Resident Installs Hybrid Grid-Tie System

Greg was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Engineering and Science. He’s currently an Electrical Engineer and leads a small team of engineers while mentoring and coaching young go-getters. Recently, in his spare time, he’s spent many hours researching solar power. Being involved in the electrical field automatically gives him leveraged insight into solar electric technology.

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Customer Stories: Hurricane-Stricken Bahama Resident Relies on Solar Power One Year Later

We have a variety of people that reach out to us needing a solar power system. Their applications may vary drastically, but the common denominator of needing an independent power source remains the constant when it comes to deciding on solar power. This week’s customer story is no different, but the motivating reason for needing to be off-grid is much different. 

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Customer Stories: Solar Power Enables Part-Time RVers to Boondock with Confidence

Lloyd, a retired aerospace purchasing agent travels with his wife and dog in a 30 ft travel trailer. They travel part-time but usually stay on the road for months at the time. Lloyd is a DIY like many others doing his own mods and maintenance on the travel trailer. For them, traveling on the road has become a way of life that required learning how to adapt, especially when it comes to a reliable power source.

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Customer Stories: Off-Grid Farm in Northern Arizona Utilizes Solar Power

Comfortable off-grid living is achieved by many, thanks to solar electric technology. Joel and Amy who reside in Northern Arizona, not only live comfortably using solar power but they thrive by raising their own food, pumping their own water and sustaining a homestead that provides organic food to their very own customers. Without solar power, it would have been nearly impossible to realize their dreams of being self-sufficient.

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Customer Stories: Solar Power System Design and Install for Grand Design Solitude RV

Robin from Creativity RV – you may have heard of her. If not, she has a large following on YouTube that chronicles her life living on the road. Following in the footsteps of many others before her, Robin grew weary of living the corporate life to pay for a huge mortgage while life passes by. She was in the corporate world for over 20 years before deciding to take the dive into nomad living.

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Customer Stories: Digital Nomads Work Remotely Using Solar Power

Getting away from the complexity of the traditional American Dream and trying a different approach at life is the desire of many. Trends indicate that Americans are transitioning into smaller homes or taking their life on the road. A couple from Austin TX is living their new dream traveling the USA with no regrets. James and his wife sold their home in Austin to live on the road in their 39’ fifth wheel. Both being able to work remotely gives them the perfect opportunity to travel the country with their three border collies. Their passion is exploring nature and trail running in new locations along their travels.

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Customer Stories: Remote Couple Stays Close to Nature with Solar Power

This week’s customer story features Jody and Shelle who spend their life on the road as full-time RVers in their 40’ Fifth Wheel. Both Jody and Shelle have jobs that allow them to travel the country with complete freedom. Jody is self-employed Solutions Architect and Shelle is a nature / travel photographer. The couple stays active on social media and vlogs about their experiences traveling on the road which helps keep their friends and family back home informed about their whereabouts.

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Customer Stories: Retired Couple Seeks Advice For Solar Power System

Our solar power project of the week features Les – a fulltime RVer. Les worked in the Commercial Glass and Glazing industry as a Senior Project Manager specializing in custom curtainwalls for skyscrapers in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Since retiring from the glass industry, Les and his wife Sue have been on the road fulltime in their RV. They enjoy off-grid living and boondocking which requires an independent power source.

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Customer Stories: Landowner Utilizes Off-Grid Solar Power System

This week’s solar project takes us westward down Interstate 40 to Williams, Arizona. Known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon”, Williams is a bustling tourist stop for those making that last pitstop before the northward trek to the Grand Canyon. Tourists are so excited and focused on seeing the Grand Canyon that no one notices the endless acres of ranch land on the way. Many of those subdivided ranches depend on solar power as their source of energy due to the remoteness of the area.

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Customer Stories: Solar Power Allows Adventurous Couple To Work Remote

Living in a digital age, many people are abandoning the idea of burdening themselves with a mortgage and everything else that comes with homeownership. Working remotely over the web makes it easy to work from anywhere and see everything the world has to offer in the process. This is the case for Megan and Garrett who recently decided to move into their rig full time and travel to Arizona.

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Customer Stories: Solar Power Prepares Resident For Natural Disasters

Our customer story this week features Susan from Ohio. Susan's neighbors have family in Puerto Rico. Back in 2017 Hurricane Maria devastated the entire island leaving their family in the dark. They lost the first level of their home and all electric power for several months. The realities of a natural disaster are a stark reminder of how everyone should be prepared and how the modern conveniences of everyday life can be taken away quickly.

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Customer Stories: Solar Power Gives NYC Mobile Gaming Unit Enough Power

Our next solar project feature takes us out to the East Coast to the Big Apple. Jesse, the owner of a MT45 Freightliner is needing solar energy for a unique venture. Dubbed the “M.G.U.”, this vehicle is a Mobile Gaming Unit taking to the streets of New York City. The vehicle was chosen specifically for its correlation to an ice cream truck, only this time it’s serving up delicious new games to hungry gamers in Times Square!

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Customer Stories: Full-Time RVer Finds Freedom With Solar Power

This week’s article features Ed, a full time RV’er. Ed is a retired commercial industrial HVAC service technician that worked in Denver providing service to everything related to heating and cooling. After leaving the workforce, Ed started living in his RV fulltime in June 2017. He sold his 29’ travel trailer and purchased a brand new 39’ fifth wheel as his home in January 2018.

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Customer Stories: Family Utilizes Residential Off-Grid Solar Power

Customer Stories: Family Utilizes Residential Off-Grid Solar Power

Our solar project this week features customer David G. of Northern Arizona. David and his family purchased property in the high desert of Northern Arizona to be closer to extended family. Their intention wasn’t necessarily to go off-grid with their power needs, however, the location where they purchased their property dictated solar to be their only power option. That’s when David researched solar power and ultimately contacted our team at Northern Arizona Wind & Sun.

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