Yurt Living: Solar Power Potential

Solar power potential is active in many minds these days. It really makes sense for the yurt lifestyle, but creativity is required since you can’t rest solar panels on a fabric/vinyl yurt roof.

Here stands John M. Brown on his yurt site in Glenville, West Virginia. He is so kind to share his knowledge on a yurt blog that dates from August 2005 to March 2008. Not only are the pics, info and floor plans great, but see dear John’s solar electric block diagram from his FAQ page.

John notes the solar panels are on a sled-type contraption. He created that so he could move them around during construction. He wants to find the optimum year-round location before permanently mounting them. Smart!

Research results revealed an obvious solar trend for businesses. Nestled in the mountains of central Portugal, for example, is a vacation yurt with solar-powered energy. Takes care of reading lights and is sufficient for a laptop. With an ecological mind set, the designer built a private bathroom outside the yurt for a hot shower supplied by the owner’s spring.

Dennis and Susan Swiderski appease remote yurt lovers with their self-contained, eco-friendly yurts on Orca Island, Alaska. Solar power with compost toilet, propane range and cabin heater. They provide all the needs of a conventional cabin rental.

Joyce Coker, South of Lake Tahoe on the slopes of northern California, recently erected a solar-powered yurt to serve her Hope Valley Outdoor Center. It’s a staging location for lessons and rental packages. Visitors can purchase ski and snow boots, have them fitted, and walk right out the door for fantastic trails. Joyce encourages a leave no trace attitude.

All these examples prove solar and yurts are a great match!

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I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on www.ChicEco.com, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning “who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design.”

Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art — from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers.

From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases!

My other forte is connecting suppliers with business-to-business tools. Aspects of my business vary with consulting services while I’m proud to be the aide that embraces unique and innovative gigs.

I’m originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here.

Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that’s not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style.

In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai’i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It’s a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.

  • My family and I plan on building a yurt type building this summer here in northern Penssylvania and solar panels are going to our main power supply. Thanks for consolidating so many resources in one place as I’m bookmarking this page. 🙂

  • My family and I plan on building a yurt type building this summer here in northern Penssylvania and solar panels are going to our main power supply. Thanks for consolidating so many resources in one place as I’m bookmarking this page. 🙂

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  • I bookmarked this site with several bm web sites. Yours is an enormously thorough resource on things including solar. Keep up the good work. You the man. I love this site.

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  • Nice idea to set up solar power. Having such equipment could come in handy when living in a yurt.