Published on May 31, 2013
A short film about an Oregonian family living off-the-grid, and how they’ve managed to use various natural means of providing themselves with electricity. They currently rely on a combination of solar and hydro power to supply themselves with running water, internet, TV, and enough power for day-to-day maintenance of their sustainable organic farm and apple orchard, located outside county lines on a mountainside.
Here, we take a look at their micro hydro generator, which uses water pressure from springs on the Wemples’ Cougar Moutain Farm property to create a trickle charge and generate energy, which is then stored in a battery bank. This innovative idea can generate supplemental power, especially during the winter, when solar panels don’t get as much sunlight. It also helps irrigate the farmland.