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Overview: On Alternate Energy.

      The problems of producing your own.

Electricity: Make your own

      We have built many of our own generators. Here we tell you how to do it - using wind, water, bicycles and other means.

Bikes: Not just for riding

      Bikes are a very much overlooked energy source. They can be used to operate all sorts of machines and they can be used to generate electricity.

Biofuel: Grow it on the farm

      Biofuels are used as a substitute for diesel. They can be grown and processed on the farm. They do not require a still.

Stills: Make your own fuel from potatoes, corn, etc.

      These are a bit trickier and at the present generally illegal, or at the very minimum you can get into a lot of legal hassle.

Solar: Using the sun for energy.

      While it is impractical to home build solar cells for generating electricity, solar is great for cooking and other applications like heating water.

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The Problem of Producing Your Own

There are many problems in developing and installing independent power systems. For one thing the government is not helpful. To say the least. It is not just our project that finds these hurdles but many others have been stopped also. In the second previous century our local water courses were used for power but in the last hundred years everything possible has been done to prevent their use, including dynamiting what was the main local power producing dam. The government centralized production for economies of scale and did not want competition. Then during the depression when costs were such that the farmers could not afford the electricity from the monopoly the farmers again started a generator at the dam and this is when the system was taken back over by the government and the dam dynamited.

With all the surplus rotting potatoes in the area we might also make a still and produce fuel for our diesel generators. But, presently, there is a $100,000 annual fine for doing so. We will simply have to wait for a more propitious time.

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