The evolution of an independent home: the story of a solar electric pioneer
This is the story of how one man used local resources, ingenuity, imagination, and patience to self-build an environmentally-sound homestead powered by the sun.Fowler relates this tale from his perspective as both a well-known expert on solar electric remote homes and a small-town local boy who built his independent home in his hometown. He describes the coming of age of solar electric living intertwined with his personal story of finding a wife and family and building a homestead.
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My Roots in SelfSufficiency
The Road to Bashan Hill
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