Renewable energy is making a sustainable life feasible for a farmer in P.E.I.

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Renewable energy is making a sustainable life feasible for a farmer in P.E.I.
Renewable energy is making a sustainable life feasible for a farmer in P.E.I.

In Rollo Bay West, Prince Edward Island, soybean farmer Eric Richter is living life in a home that isn’t connected to the electrical grid. He set up a hybrid system that collects both solar and wind energy in order to offset days when there is either little wind or not much sunlight.

Power that Richter collects can be stored on batteries for about two days, but once those batteries are fully charged, excess energy can't be captured.

"Jokingly, we call those our two dishwasher load days," Richter said on the availability of this renewable energy. "Those are the days where if you've got extra laundry or things that need to be done, you just make sure that all the clothes get cleaned and if there's dishes to do, even if the dishwasher’s half full, we run it that day to get it cleaned up."

Watch the video above to see what off-grid life is like for Richter.

Thumbnail credit: Nathan Coleman

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