I don’t think we could be more excited about the solar powered generator system we chose to power our off-grid cabin project at the farm! (See : Off Grid Cabin Project)

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The final rendering of our off-grid cabin at the farm.

We researched a slew of options: wind, solar, propane – even gas and diesel generators. At the top of the wish list were that the system be clean, quiet, reliable and affordable. And, if at all possible, renewable. Of course, the quiet and renewable options eliminated the gas and diesel options early on.

We knew with its small 16′ x 20′ footprint, the cabin wouldn’t require a huge, complicated system. However, it had to be powerful enough to provide plenty of juice for LED lighting, a ceiling fan, television, and small appliances. We also wanted the system to be able to power and charge computers, tablets and cell phones.

The Answer – The Inergy Kodiak Solar Powered Generator

As we looked for the ultimate solution, one of our good friends at Weaver Barns let us know about a solar powered generator called the Kodiak. The Kodiak, created by an Idaho based company called Inergy, is an incredibly powerful and unique solar generator. It is also simple to set up – a big plus for our DIY off-grid cabin project.

Weaver will be installing a Kodiak in their own model cabin project for the upcoming Cleveland Home and Garden Show in January.

They also thought it might just be the perfect answer for powering our little off-grid cabin as well. And were they ever right!

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The Kodiak Solar Powered Generator that will power our off grid cabin.

The more we researched the Kodiak, the more we knew it was the perfect power system for us. It met all of our basic power requirements, and then some.

As you will see below, the Kodiak has plenty of juice to power our off-grid cabin with ease. But its portability feature will also let us provide power to the farm where we never could before. At 14″ wide x 7″ high x 8″ deep and weighing just 20 pounds, the power pack generator will be easy to unhook from the cabin and use anywhere temporary power is needed. Areas like the barn, fire-pit area, garden, chicken coop and more.

We can even take the power pack on the road for camping, tailgating, or outdoor events. Maybe best of all, it can and will serve as emergency back-up power for the house.

How We Will Install The Kodiak Solar Generator System To Power The Cabin

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Some examples of what the Kodiak solar powered generator can power. (Click To Enlarge)

We will wire the cabin so that lights, switches, and a few outlets can run off of a small electric panel. The Kodiak will simply plug into the panel to power it up. When fully charged, it will supply 1,100 watt hours and 90 Amp hours of power with its lithium battery.

You can see by the chart to the right that it will be more than enough to power a stay at the cabin. And with a battery life expectancy of 2000 cycles, it should be enough to power our cabin and farm for 10 years.

If we ever need more power, the Kodiak also allows for deep cycle or traditional lead batteries to be added. Early next year, they will also release an extra lithium add-on battery to double the capacity.

To charge the batteries, we are installing (4) 100 Watt Polycrystalline solar panels to the roof of the cabin. Together, they can recharge the Kodiak in about 4 hours. The Kodiak can handle up to 6 panels to recharge in just 2 hours. For us, 4 panels and a 4 hour recharge is more than enough.

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Four panels should be able to power up the generator with just 4 hours of good sunlight

The panels connect together with a simple plug in. They then connect via plug to the Kodiak to charge. This simple set-up will make installation to the cabin a breeze. I think what I love most about the system is it can easily be recharged with just a single panel anywhere in 15 to 17 hours. Perfect to power any outdoor shed, building, or for any kind of remote or emergency use. You can also charge with a plug in wall charger too.

The Cost

Most all of the solar kits we found came in at a cost of $3,000 to $5,000 and up – and required extensive battery hookups. This system will be a huge savings over a traditional solar panel and battery set-up. Not to mention, way more simple to install and maintain over the long haul!

The Kodiak generator runs $1599, while the panels are $175 each. Even better, that price includes all of the cables needed. Add in that it will not only power our cabin – but we can use all over the farm and as an emergency back up power to the house – it’s perfect!

Next step for us – getting the cabin up in the next few weeks, and panels and power plugged in! We will keep you updated on all. We even have plans for a few video tutorials on the solar installation. Our hopes are to have the cabin up in the first few weeks of the new year, with the panels on as soon as the roof is on.

We are really proud to partner with Inergy, and their dealer Innovia Products to power our off-grid cabin project. You can find out more about their entire solar line at : innoviaproducts.com.

Here’s to living off grid in style! Jim and Mary. To receive our 3 Home, Garden, Recipe and Simple Life articles each week, sign up for our free email list. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. This article may contain affiliate links.


8 thoughts on “Powering The Off-Grid Cabin – A Solar Powered Generator Like No Other!

  • December 19, 2017 at 8:38 am
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    Can you charge your battery and have your appliances plugged in at the same time?

    • December 19, 2017 at 8:40 am
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      Yes, you can. One of the things we really like about the Kodiak!

      • December 22, 2017 at 7:51 am
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        Interesting! I’m eager to hear about how it works for you. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply.

  • December 15, 2017 at 9:02 am
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    Sounds interesting and I’m intrigued so I will continue to follow your experience because I’m wondering if it could work for full time use. Thanks for sharing I really appreciate it because I hope to one day be 100% off grid.

  • December 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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    Maybe I missed something about the off the grid articles, but will you have running water & how will you heat the cabin?

  • December 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm
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    What a perfect solution not only for your cabin, but for anyone who wants to go off-grid in a tiny house or RV. Thanks as always, for sharing your fascinating discoveries!

  • December 14, 2017 at 9:46 am
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    Good Luck :)….Solar power is becoming more affordable as technology improves. Storage batteries are the big expense….But hey it’s a start and there may be gov. incentives or rebate programs to help with easing the financial pain…
    C. Collins
    Paragonah, UT

  • December 14, 2017 at 8:47 am
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    TWO THUMBS UP.

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