Originally Posted by lefty
Damn, solar is expensive.
Solar really lends itself to modular development. Just start with a few batteries a few panels, and a good charging system and add as you find you need more power. You should be able to run a small cabin's basic needs for 10 grand or so. A fridge is going to be the power hog, but propane is a good option. You won't be able to leave it on when not in use either way, but do you really need to? Also, get your water tested before buying an expensive uv system. It might be fine. If not, a Berkley filter works really, really well for drinking water and is a cheap, simple, and proven technology.
On demand heaters are great, but they're fiddly as hell.
Enjoy off grid living!