Welcome to Otherpower!

We are a group of alternative energy enthusiasts who want to spread the message that it's FUN and EASY to make your own electricity FROM SCRATCH. Otherpower headquarters is located in a remote part of the Northern Colorado mountains, 11 miles past the nearest power pole or phone line. All of our houses and shops run on only solar, wind, water and generator power...not because we are trying to make some sort of political or environmental statement, but because these are the only options available. And we refuse to move to town.

Solar Power for the Developing World - HANDS ON WORKSHOP - Costa Rica, March 2015

Solar Power for the Developing World - Costa Rica, March 2015
Our good friend Ian Woofenden has been teaching some awesome classes down in Central America for years now, and here's his latest offering! We all wish we could go......
Here's all the info about the class and how to sign up.

Homebrew Wind Workshop - Antioch College 2014

Homebrew wind power class, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio 2014
Yet another successful Homebrew Wind Power workshop, this one sponsored and hosted by Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, thanks to the hard work and efforts of Professor Barbara Sanborn.
Our 2015 class schedule will be going up in the next few days, and be sure to check it regularly or follow us on Facebook, as we'll be rapidly adding classes over the next few weeks.

Buckville Sawmill Action


Fun day at the historic Yahoo Sawmill in Buckville!
Ward needed some 8x8 posts to get going on completing his house, and some dandy big beetle-killed Ponderosa pines blew down in the gales of last winter....
Powered by the PTO on a 1948 FarmAll H, the saw blade dates back farther than that (you can still buy new teeth inserts). Carb rebuild kit on the tractor was all that was needed.

Off-Grid Class to Benefit Pine Ridge Reservation Safe House


Great news! The class project for our upcoming November 8, 2014 Off-Grid Systems class will be to design electricity and water systems for the Fast Horse family of Wounded Knee, SD, so they can move back to their ancestral lands. More information below!
Right click and save to download the color brochure for the class HERE.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wind Turbine Design and Construction - Ohio, September 23-27 2014

Yellow Springs, Ohio, at Antioch College, September 23-27, 2014

We're offering one final 5-day Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind Power) class for 2014! This is your last chance to take this awesome class until Spring of 2015. Cost is $800 per student.
You can see the class syllabus here.

Homebrew Wind Power HANDS-ON workshop: Nebraska, May 31 - June 5

Come join us for 6 days of intensive wind power boot camp in Chadron, Nebraska May 31 - June 5, 2014! Learn the practical details of small wind power in a fun, hands-on learning environment at a gorgeous off-grid conference facility.

Midnite Solar Rapid Shutdown System


The new 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC 2014) contains a somewhat controversial new rule intended to protect firefighters who have to work on rooftops where solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are installed - Article 690.12, Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings.

It requires a shutdown system with which emergency responders can de-energize the entire solar array within 10 seconds from a clearly-marked central switch before venturing onto a rooftop for firefighting.

Guide to Choosing Off-Grid Batteries

large off-grid battery bank

A tidy install of eight 6-volt L-16s for a typical small, off-grid home.

Insulation for Saving Energy

How Insulation Can Help to Save Energy
(and earn you federal, state and local tax credits)

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