I am a big fan of pairing solar panels on the roof with a battery system in the garage. The battery allows you to use the solar power at night when there is no sun. It also provides resilience for power outages and the like.
So when I saw this Kickstarter project, I backed it immediately.
The premise is simple enough. Find a battery pack out of a wrecked hybrid or EV vehicle at a junkyard and using simple off the shelf tools and materials convert it into a battery system capable of being charged from a variety of sources (solar, wind, grid, water, etc) and power a house’s basic necessities during the midst of a crisis or during times when power is more expensive (during the day) while replenishing when power is either abundant or cheaper, like at night. While this information is available currently, most of whats out there is long, wordy, confusing and in some cases conflicting.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/khohnholz/homebrew-tesla-powerwall-clone
I went for the $20 pledge which comes with a complete users guide.
Now I need to find a “wrecked EV.” This should be a fun project.