My wife and I enjoyed the article “Living off the grid” in the Community section on Friday (PVT, Feb. 15).
We retired in 1985 and lived off the grid for ten years. We sold our home, bought a new pickup truck, a pull-behind trailer and immediately installed 24 solar panels, which covered the entire roof. Also, 20 Gel 125-amp batteries, and a 3000-watt 24-volt DC inverter. I designed and installed the system for approximately $20,000.
It would run a large electric air compressor, welder, plus all electricity needed for the trailer.
The largest system I installed was on a new Eagle bus, which cost owner over $100,000.
In reading the article I see that Candy and Charlie have a beautiful system that works well for them. I was disappointed when I read they were not allowed to install it in a “modern new housing area in Pahrump.”
With a little research, they or their installer would have discovered by reading NRS 278.0208, that even HOAs have to adhere to this law, which gives its intent by stating “Restrictions on use of systems for obtaining solar energy prohibited.”