Well, it looks like it has been almost a year since there was any activity on this forum. I will just introduce myself and see if I get any response.
My husband and I just bought a ranch in Eastern Oregon. We are off-grid (5 miles from any electrical or phone lines) and pretty much just dove in. We are living in an RV until we get some basic work done on our house. We had hoped to be ready to really move in before Winter (it is early June now) but there are too many projects of higher priority to make that happen. We have decided to try to get the walls pressure washed before winter, then basically camp in the house for the Winter and start remodeling in earnest again next Summer. We have to get a barn built and some horse fences to manage the horse herd first. We have lots of grass but no fences to keep them in at the moment. Buying this much hay is going to get really old quick. Not to mention wasteful.
There were some solar components on the property when we took possession, and we are running the computer, satellite internet and the lights in the camper on it. Along with the shop vac and hair dryer occasionally. We use a gasoline motor to pump water into a holding tank periodically, and propane for cooking, refrigerator and hot water. We hope to incorporate more solar and some hydro as we progress. For one, I want to use solar heated water with radiant in floor heating. With two year round creeks in sight of the house, hydro could be a very important factor.
We also plan to build a greenhouse here close to the house. At 3600 feet, we have a rather short growing season.
Where is the best place to source batteries and other solar components? Looking for the best quality for the price, of course.