We make yurts off the grid and would like to share some great things that we have learned. We could have power brought in, but we chose not to do that because off grid systems give us a lot more freedom in how we choose to create power… there are many options. Also, we never have a power bill!
Many people who live in yurts live off the grid, and often are on a budget getting their new yurt home set up.
You can create a start up solar power system for a couple of thousand dollars. The key when living with a small system like this is to be mindful of your energy consumption. It is very easy to live with low power usage. For example, use laptop computers rather than desktop. Use LED lights. And you can get efficient RV refrigerators that are a decent size which run off either propane or battery power. These are just a few ideas.
We also like to have a generator for running power tools, vacuum, etc. While we are running the generator for these things we are charging two battery banks!
There are a couple of really good free podcasts about setting up a low budget solar system at http://www.battery1234.com/. You can download them and listen at your convenience. If you scroll down a bit you will find another podcast about creating a back up power system in your vehicle so that batteries charge while you are driving. Amazing. This site is run by Steven Harris, who seems to understand a lot of things that many people want to know. He is really good at explaining things in down to earth language.
Included are really good recommendations about which batteries are best to use and things like that.
Enjoy your freedom being off the grid!