"Off-Grid Microhydro and A Little PV
In the Woods of West Virginia"
Home Power Magazine's July/August 2015 issue features an article about Mickey and Jenny Janowski's off-grid home in Webster County, WV. The article, written by Mickey and Home Power editor Ian Woofenden, offers a great perspective on an off-grid system that has evolved over several decades to include both solar PV and hydo power.
Author (and PIMBY customer) Mickey Janowski alongside his weir and hydro intake
Mickey has spoken at the West Virginia Small Farms Conference about his microhydro system. The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition has published a web article that is also a nice read.
Mickey's "Hydroelectric In WV" is a great blog that is a real help for anyone interested in building a microhydro system. The blog has photos of the construction process and final system. You can also see a video of the Janowski's hydro system at Mickey's blog.
Mickey and Jenny have had solar for decades at their off-grid home, but the winter months always necessitated some use of a gasoline generator to make up for the shorter daylight hours. The hydro electric system that went online in Fall of 2012 now provides more power than they use during these winter months.
Mickey and Dave on a beautiful February day in 2012 pondering the potential that this little stream might have for producing electric power. Click on the photo to see some photos from the survey.