Off-grid Living: Island Grid Power

Kodiak Alaska Islanded Grid Power

Article by: Harvistor Madeira Copyright 2016 All Rights Reserved

Living off grid is akin to island living. Ask Kodiak Alaska, they know how it’s done. 9MWs of Island Wind Power is providing almost 100% of all Kodiak island’s 6,130 inhabitants and their  power needs. Nice. Running at 3MW or 33% efficiency of 9MW NP “Name Plate” and the Big Wind Farm you see in the background can actually make money for the developer (siting is everything).

You live with in your means based on the available renewable resources and everybody wins. The Amount of power available limits the quality of your means. will keep you up to date on such Island and “Islanded” Renewable power projects.

Renewable Power use off grid  increases your means with an endless source of fuel from Wind and Solar, and your quality of life is constantly good when your able to store that renewable energy.


ISLAND GRID POWER : Distributed Energy Stations on their way…

Enter Island Grid Power “IGP“, based out of Madeira, Portugal and their new Distributed Energy Station “DES”, a collaborative effort between Starwind5 and Mobisun leveraging existing vendor relationships Schneider/Xantrex and Electrovaya. Whether you are on an island or looking to run an Islanded grid or micro-grid, this new joint venture, Island Grid Power can help you achieve 100% freedom from the public grid by creating your own community and or commercial “Islanded” Grid.

The IGP DES is a complete wind/solar/ICE electricity generation and energy storage facility that ships in a re-usable  20 ft container which deploys completely in under 2 hours. If needed in can be optioned with a 10 ft containerized  ICE “Internal Combustion Engine” as the battery charging mechanism when the wind and sun are not available for generation.

Early Preview of DES to come from IGP

A sneak peak of the IGP DES designs shown to us at Starwind5 reveals a modified 20 ft container with flip out single or Dual Wind Turbines sharing a twin axis solar panel, where the container and the Hybrid Wind/Solar tower base is utilized for battery storage.  IGP DES offers the option of further building out storage in the container (in the case of  coastline and lake edge near shore deployments), or removing the container (in roof top scenarios) to run each flip out DES on their own “AnchorPod” base complete with their own battery storage, secure controller and communication capability.

A single IGP DES is perfect for any off-grid application requiring 23 kiloWatt Nameplate peak power or less. If you need more power then SIMPLY daisy chain your DES systems together. Battery Capacity starts at 38kWhrs and is expandable to 78kWhrs in a single DES.

Site  preparation for the DES requires only a flat crushed stone surface with proper drainage.

So how does a DES “Distributed Energy Station” from IGP work?


Rapid deployment of a DES is a simple 2 hour or less operation.

  • Park the DES 20ft container on your crushed stone pad with decent drainage,
    • A tip flat bed trailer attached to the tractor is best
  • Stab ground your system, or use a post hole borer to bury your ground rod and attach the grounding cable to the DES and your grounding rod. The entire DES internally is properly grounded
  • Plug it into your local electricity wiring (use a local commercial electrician), activate “behind the fence” and you are good to go.

Since you are “Islanded” no need to worry about connecting to the main public grid.

Location, Location, Location  is key to Wind Siting and Solar Siting.. a few tips

  • Ground Mount: “No Concrete” crushed pad siting for container
    • Static monopole with vertical G/N pole for easy service
    • Anchorpod Ballast used as Energy Storage
    • Tower height sets Turbine working equator position:
      • be 5 m above adjacent tree canopies and rooftops
      • be at least 50m away from tree canopies , if not possible then be 15m above nearby tree canopies.
  • Roof Mount: ” Non Penetrating” AnchorPod with Energy Storage
    • Set back of 5m for wind turbines with 5m height working equator
      • same ground siting rules apply as well
    • Straddle at least 2 joists in the roof structure
    • Use Earthquake Data Centre bearing mounts under the DES AnchorPod
    • Temp. Tripod assist Tilt of the DES Wind Turbine for  rooftop cleaning

So stay tuned…, IGP will show up with more pics n blogs on this site,  and a website will emerge with blog a la to keep you up to date on IGP & DES latest news and progress.

Interestingly Off-grid DES will be deployed on land and sea, the latter in near shore DES configurations with the Energy Storage and Solar mounted on the coastline, or lake edge, and the Wind Power mounted near the shore as Seawind5. IGP DES will be the ultimate in Off-Grid “Islanded” micro-grids for remote communities and businesses alike. Nice!