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Using Alternative Energy to Build or Remodel a Home for Sustainability

Many people think of Permaculture as strictly a way to grow food. But it is also about making homes sustainable using alternative energy, natural building materials, and eventually producing more energy than you use. You will learn tht making your home part of an overall sustainable life is a very important part of Permaculture.

This basic look at remodeling or building a new home based on true sustainability and energy freedom is the second part of our introduction to Permaculture. Please join us.

Come early to shop the Greenville Farmer's Market. We are at the east end in the red brick building.

More information on Monday and daily thereafter at

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  • Bernard W.

    I need assistance on making sure I have the right number of solar panels and adequate battery bank (assume no drain <50%) for an aeroponics system in seed potato multiplication under screen house conditions. I would be using two 1 hp water pumps. The water pumping is done 15 minutes in every 30minutes during day time and 15minutes in every 75 minutes during night time. Night time is considered to start at 6pm and end at 6am. There is an automatic timer that controls the start and stoppage of pumping.
    We hope to be able to use solar power to assure continuous supply of power when there is power cut. Two pumps are functioning simultaneously. Some questions we have are:
    In case there is power cut for a period of 24 hour or longer, can solar system provide enough power?
    Can solar power alone be used for such a system at a site where there is no other power source? In other words can solar power system be used for such a seed production system for 24hr/ day for 4 months continuously?

    November 24, 2012

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