Welcome to Otherpower!

We are a group of alternative energy enthusiasts who want to spread the message that it's FUN and EASY to make your own electricity FROM SCRATCH. Otherpower headquarters is located in a remote part of the Northern Colorado mountains, 11 miles past the nearest power pole or phone line. All of our houses and shops run on only solar, wind, water and generator power...not because we are trying to make some sort of political or environmental statement, but because these are the only options available. And we refuse to move to town.

IREC, IAFF launch online firefighter PV safety training course

Off-Grid Systems - ADVANCED CLASS - April 19-21, 2016

April 19-20, 2016, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Ecotech Institute, 1400 S Abilene, Aurora, CO
April 21, 2016, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Iron Edison Battery, 12860 West Cedar Drive #105, Lakewood, CO

COST: $50 per person; cash, check or credit card upon arrival, please call 970-672-4342 or email info@buckville.com to reserve your spot.

NABCEP CEUs: 8 hours total for all sessions, individual days also for credit. Credit breakdown:
CODE 0/6
PV INSTALLATION: JTA 6/6 or Elective 6/6
PV TECH SALES: JTA 6/12 or Elective 6/6

How NOT to install Midnite Solar Equipment

We really like working with Midnite Solar products, made in the USA, but the best part is the people who run the place. boB, Robin, Ryan, Walter, Roy, Tom, Doug, the list goes on... they even have a shop cat.

Wind Turbine Design and Construction - Homebrew Wind Power - North Carolina, March 28 - April 2, 2016

More wind turbine fabrication fun and learning in Graham, North Carolina, March 28 - April 16, 2016. $800 per student, limit 7 students.


Workshop - Renewable Energy for the Developing World - Costa Rica, April 2-10, 2016

Hands-on workshop covering solar thermal, solar electric, solar ovens, methane biodigesters and more...in beautiful Costa Rica, taught by our friend Ian Woofenden and his company Renewable Reality.

You can register for the workshop here.

Code Craziness Part 1 - Auxiliary Grounding Electrode

NEC 2014 codebookguide to NEC 2014 codebook

The purpose of this series of Code Craziness articles is to gently poke some fun at the more absurd additions, omissions and twisted, incomprehensible language in NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code®.

142kW of PV modules in container rollover -- MAKE OFFER

SOLD - no longer available

But if you come across any similar situations, let us know and we can post them here.

If you are near Georgia, USA you might want to inquire on this one...a rolled over shipping container filled with 1400 PV modules, 102 watts each (Pmax) and ~87 volts open circuit (Voc). They are First Solar from Malaysia, UL listed, etc. Extent of damage unknown.

Wind Turbine Design and Construction Workshop - Yellow Springs, Ohio, Sept. 21-26, 2015

At Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
September 21 - 26, 2015
Cost: $800
Student-built homebrew wind turbine from our 2014 class at Antioch College

Homebrew Wind Power - Viroqua, Wisconsin, June 25 - 30, 2015

Viroqua, Wisconsin at the Driftless Folk School, June 25-30 2015

We're offering our favorite, awesome 6-day HANDS ON Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind Power) in Viroqua this year, the first of 2015! Cost is $700 per student.
You can see the class syllabus here.

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