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Off the grid: how to live on solar power

Long-time Thorne resident and newly elected council member Robert Wills powers the house he shares with Marilee DeLombard, with solar panels. He said he is self-taught and started on his back-to-the-land journey in the 1970s.

Wills shows off some of his solar panels, rigged up to an outbuilding on his property. He had to clear cut a wide swath of land to ensure that they would receive constant sunlight.


by Caleb Nickerson

Has there ever been a time in your life where you’ve wanted to get away from it all?
To live in modern society means to be dependent on a plethora of things so ubiquitous that to do without them is an act of rebellion. Where would you be without your car or your internet connection?
I’ve often thought about what it would be like to live off the grid, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how dependant I was on one thing in particular: electricity.
I use it for everything.

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