Interstellar Orchard: Living on 100 Watts of solar

WASHINGTON — So I mention quite frequently that when I boondock, which is over 90% of the time these days, I live on 100 watts of solar. The next question asked is usually: “What can you do with 100 watts of solar?” So today I thought I’d answer that.
Why 100 Watts

First it’s probably important to bring up why I chose the solar solution that I did. In the RVing world, 100 watts for full-timing is considered the bare minimum. Most rigs, even small Casita-sized rigs and vans, choose to have more. So why 100 watts?

  • Cost. My 100 watt portable suitcase was only $250, that’s about as cheap as you can go for a kit that requires no do-it-yourself work.
  • Simplicity. There’s very little work involved with my setup. It’s just two 50 watt panels with a hinge in between. It’s easy to set up, simple to store in the back of the truck when not in use, and required no messing around on my roof.

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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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