Welcome to Otherpower!

We are a group of alternative energy enthusiasts who want to spread the message that it's FUN and EASY to make your own electricity FROM SCRATCH. Otherpower headquarters is located in a remote part of the Northern Colorado mountains, 11 miles past the nearest power pole or phone line. All of our houses and shops run on only solar, wind, water and generator power...not because we are trying to make some sort of political or environmental statement, but because these are the only options available. And we refuse to move to town.

Homebrew Wind Power HANDS-ON workshop: Nebraska, May 31 - June 5

Come join us for 6 days of intensive wind power boot camp in Chadron, Nebraska May 31 - June 5, 2014! Learn the practical details of small wind power in a fun, hands-on learning environment at a gorgeous off-grid conference facility.

Midnite Solar Rapid Shutdown System


The new 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC 2014) contains a somewhat controversial new rule intended to protect firefighters who have to work on rooftops where solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are installed - Article 690.12, Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings.

It requires a shutdown system with which emergency responders can de-energize the entire solar array within 10 seconds from a clearly-marked central switch before venturing onto a rooftop for firefighting.

Guide to Choosing Off-Grid Batteries

large off-grid battery bank

A tidy install of eight 6-volt L-16s for a typical small, off-grid home.

Insulation for Saving Energy

How Insulation Can Help to Save Energy
(and earn you federal, state and local tax credits)

Our 2014 class schedule is up!

We are very happy to announce our line-up of classes for 2014 has been mostly finalized! You can see it and sign up for classes HERE.

Some notable highlights are that we'll be teaching Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind Power) in both Nebraska and Wisconsin in June, and build some awesome turbines.

DanF's renewable energy safety class for firefighters and RE professionals will be offered ONLINE for the first time in April.

Online Store

flood damage

The September floods here in Colorado hit us hard...with the extensive damage to our shop, we are no longer able to fabricate wind turbine parts and kits. We hope to have production restored by the end of summer, 2014.

If you have an order in progress, don't worry, we have some temporary facilities where we are working on fulfilling backorders.

What the heck is MPPT?

Midnite Classic MPPT controller for solar, wind and hydro

Midnite Classic MPPT controller for solar, wind and hydro

Tilt-up MET tower videos

First, the helper gin pole goes up by hand, and then the gin pole. Yes, it's a gin pole for the gin pole.


And then the lift; 2 hours 45 minutes total time...(80 meter MET tower)

Solar Panel Syndrome - A New Scourge?

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