Renner "Off-Grid" House

325 Newsome Mound Road
Weatherford, TX 76085

Tour Hours: 10am - 4pm

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NOTE: Visitors could win a complete portable solar charging system! See below for details.*

My motivation is to reduce my carbon foot print and become Energy independent in the event of a power outage.

The system has increased in size year by year to the point that it produces all our energy needs. We have been disconnected from the grid for over 4 years now but still have it available for back up and have not had a need to switch it back on during this time period.

 

*Vistors who sign the Renner House sign-in sheet (legibly, of course) will be eligible to win a complete portable solar charging system (a $127.00 value!). Winners need not be present to win but must be willing to pick up their prize. Drawing will be at the end of the tour on tour day.

Renewable energy features

Solar PV

kW 9.6
Installation Date : 2002-present
Installer: I did it all myself.

Equipment

Home built solar tracker
4 each Xantrex inverters total of 20KW
Battery storage 48 volt @ 1360 AH or 65 KWH

Wind Turbine

Generating capacity 10KW Bergey Wind
Tower home built 100 feet
Owner installed 2007- Present

Solar Hot Water

Two solar water heating systems for domestic use and in-floor radiant heating
Owner installed

Retail Electric Provider

Renner Energy (Tri-County Electric Cooperative as backup)

Monitoring system

Outback Power monitor
Xantrex monitor
Right Hand Engeneering computer monitor
Bogart Engineering Tri-metric 2020
Welserver www.welserver.com

 

Green features:

  • Catchment system for 6,000 gallons of rainwater harvesting
  • Green house with solar heating and heat storage
  • Portable solar generator for power tools and lighting

 

Host Comments

Mike Renner (Home Owner)
My motivation is to reduce my carbon foot print and become Energy independent in the event of a power outage. The system has increased in size year by year to the point that it produces all our energy needs. We have been disconnected from the grid for more than 4 years now but still have it available for back up and have not had a need to switch it back on during this time period.