If you intend to live off the grid (big boats included) then solar power is the way to go. Cariboo's multiple set-up is worth considering = you don't lose it all if something goes hay-wire. In my case, the system was simply self-defense with a very unreliable grid that failed at least once a week. In fact, there was a "brown out" for a few seconds just last evening that got me to sit up straight. I could add a lot more but I won't. The village has a biodiesel gen set, a few MW. The Castle River run of the river hydro plant is another few MW. The village can flip breakers 10km out and we go off grid with our own power stations. The switch is about 15 seconds. I'm not so hard up that I need 100% all the time. Of course resetting all the damn digital clocks is a chore. Some, I just don't plug in.