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Posted by Curbie on January 21, 2011, 5:44 pm

I was just amused that the problem Neon John posted a solution for
recently, was also a problem back in 1936. The problems are the same,
the dates, z's and Curbie's, solutions, and way the solutions are
disseminated, have changed.


Posted by Diogenes on January 21, 2011, 1:38 am

I don't understand why the subject line is "Off-grid in 1936". This
story is, in fact, a blatant advertisement from the Rural
Electrification Administration (REA) encouraging famers to get *on*
the grid. Everything device showcased in the article is an electrical
power consumer, none are electrical power generators.

My grandmother once told me that when the REA offered to provide
electrical power to their dairy farm back in the late 1930's the deal
was this: the REA would run an electrical service to the farm IF the
family bought and installed an electrically powered milk cooler. She
said they thought it over for a while, since the milk cooler was quite
expensive, but in the end they decided it was a good investment.

      The wars are long, the peace is frail
      The madmen come again . . . .

Posted by renewable sid on January 25, 2011, 9:16 am
Good point. Looks like the soaring electricity costs are more of an
issue now. Check out this interesting article:
I tried to capture some of the recent efforts to go off-grid in my
blog post :
Let me know what you think.

Best - Sid

Posted by John Gilmer on January 29, 2011, 2:41 am

The $k was for all his electrically powered "gadgets."

This is a fair sized dairy operation.   I would be at a modern diary
operation would have at least $00k in "gadgets."

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