Infrastructure / and systems
Having done this backwards a few times, this ranch benefits greatly from our past mistakes. So let's start with the tour:
Power system and energy storage
First step on the new land was energy. When we got here the whole place was run on a Honda generator and you'd go to sleep when it got dark outside. Today we can run three houses, each with refrigerators, computers, televisions, and more. We even have cell phone access in certain areas.
It started with some massive poles in the middle of fields with nearly 95% solar exposure all year. On each pole is 14 solar pannels, for a total of 28 that total nearly 8000 watts in solar cells. They have lightning arrestors on each pole and we've had zero problems. They can be manually turned each year when the sun position makes it worth it, but we have so much power we don't even bother any more.
Power is burried underground in massive cable and goes into the salt water batteries in the power-room in the workshop beside the house. These batteries are Aquion S30s and we started with an install of 12. When we heared that Aquion was in chapter 11, we bought 4 more of these for a total of 16.
Spring water system: The best tasting water on earth comes from mountain springs and this property has more than one. Our springs are quite a way up the mountain so we benefit from gravity flow, which means if we lose electricity, the water is still running. We ran two series of polypipe down the mountain for back up. If a line freezes or a bear or other problem occurs with one pipe, you can switch the line while repairs are made.
Water storage, irrigation and fire fighting water: We have 10,000 gallons of potable water storage in four 2500 gallon water storage tanks. We have thousands of gallons of water tanks for irrigation or fire defense purposes. Lines have been sent in various directions for agriculutral purposes.
Fire fighting equipmentThe ranch comes with two pumps, a multi-quip with vairous outputs and also a volume pump, lots of firehose, nossles and fittings. We have fought fire here and recommend putting a water tank on the diesel pickup we are leaving with the ranch to act as a small fire truck.