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The Allure of Off-Grid Living

Americans Discover the Allure of Off-Grid Living
May 18, 2007 — By Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

solarcells_1_1.jpgLAKE BILLY CHINOOK, Oregon -- Before power lines, people had no choice. They used lanterns, lit fires for warmth and packed away winter ice against hot summers.

But now, a growing number of Americans are shunning power lines, choosing to live "off the grid," without commercial power -- and still enjoying their computers and large-screen televisions.

In the 250-home Oregon community of Three Rivers, everyone gets most of their power from solar panels on their rooftops or on nearby structures positioned to more efficiently capture the sun.   Full story...

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