I've asked BC Hydro and Fortis BC how much power supply I'll need for my little house, but no one can tell me anything, besides "Go to the online calculators". So, I've been to six online calculators (this is a really good one), but Question 1 is always, "How much power do you use now?" My answer is zero, nada, and zilch, and it's not a good one. Apparently, I'm supposed to have a Hydro bill, and I'm supposed to pay for electricity? Have I mentioned I've been living on battery LEDs, flashlights, and candles for the past eight months?
So, because I cannot answer Question 1, I cannot figure out how much power I need, and the online calculators are useless. I've asked electricians and other people who deal with Watts and amperage and voltage, and none of them can tell me anything! The most helpful person has been Eric, at Fraserway RV, who figures 200-300 Watts would be sufficient. Easy peasy.
Next problem: I've been to three expos lately, and whereas last year, they had solar exhibitors, they do not have any solar exhibitors this year! This mirrors my problem a couple weeks ago, when I went to the boat show to buy a cast iron stove, and the ONE boat company who supplies cast iron wood stoves wasn't an exhibitor at the show, so I am still stove-less! This adventure is to be continued!