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Signature Solar

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I have signed an affiliate deal with Signature Solar! I will be reviewing their products over the next month as well as posting videos of several installs utilizing their components. In the meantime if you are shopping S2 items because you heard about it on the podcast follow the above link. Thanks!

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Self Reliance Festival

Join me on March 24th and 25th as I present and sponsor the Self Reliance Festival (aka SRF) in Camden, TN. Tickets are on sale now at a price of $100 for the two day event. I’m telling you now there is no better place to meet like minded folks, learn from a dizzying array of speakers, and watch hands on demonstrations than SRF.

I will be presenting on how to build an off grid or “grid adjacent” solar system with battery backup for considerably cheaper than any pre built system you are going to get anywhere else. I will also have some swag and some actual solar panels with me for sale.

In addition to my presentation I will have a booth set up where I’m offering free 15 minute consultations (enough time to develop an energy plan for your homestead) as well as a discount on my design services that is only offered at live events. My discount is equal to the price of the early bird ticket($75), so if you are free that weekend (either day or both) and you have been thinking about having me design a system for you, you can literally get a 15 minute free consultation and if we decide to move forward, you get the price of the ticket deducted from your consultation fee! That means free admission, and that’s my favorite price point.

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SO….about Hack My Solar

You may be here because you have heard that is the new home for Hackmysolar. Here is the story of how we got here, from there.

My day job is not solar consulting or homesteading. I run operations for an industrial construction company. Over the course of 2022 that company had multiple changes, including our president being fired, one of our owners dying, and losing our #1 customer. This meant that 2022 was not a busy year for hack my solar because I just didnt have the time to take on many new projects. I decided in March to shut down the website and just focus on closing out a few design projects that I had in the backlog. I picked up a few word of mouth referrals over the year but by and large the business was shut down.

Unfortunately during this time I let the domain registration lapse and someone swooped in and purchased the domain. Around the time this was going on, both of my parents were in the hospital, in two different states, with serious illnesses. Then the matriarch of my wife’s family died, then my stepmother died leaving my paraplegic father home alone. My mother’s illness forced her to give up her apartment in Panama City, so I went down to pack her stuff up and move her stuff out.

I have always been a hard charger but 2022 whooped my butt personally and professionally and at the end I decided that it was time for a reboot. Instead of trying to track down the new owners for hack my solar and pay their extortion money, I decided to rebrand to and expand to more diversified content. I will still cover solar and alternative energy related ideas and solutions but will also talk about water collection and conservation, gardening and aquaponics, hydroponics, raising animals, and whatever else tickles my fancy.

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