At a tranquil site on a farm in Devon, Victoria & Mike have taken the plunge and sited a large Shepherds Hut as a holiday home for up to 4 people comfortably to stay in.

Being in central Devon, access to either the North or South Devon coasts are easy from here, and coupled with fine far ranging views across the Devon countryside, the location is hard to beat.


shepherds sky

Getting power to the remotely located Hut to operate lights and other lower power appliances, not to mention the small sewage plant pump, (you’ll not find any smelly chemical loo’s here), was going to be tough. The obvious choice was to generate their own power from Solar Panels mounted on the utility shed right by the hut.

As the Shepherds Hut has the traditional curved roof, mounting solar panels here was out of the question, both aesthetically and on a practical level too. As a separate shed was needed to house LPG for cooking and the log store for Winter heating, it was a no-brainer to engineer the roof to take 6 panels. All the batteries and power plant is mounted out of sight inside.

off grid systems

The whole system provides Off Grid 230v AC power, just like the grid, so visitors can charge their phones and use a laptop just like at home. The heart of the system is a Victron Easy-Solar unit, which contains all the bits needed to turn solar panel power into 230vAC grid power. Just bolt on a set of sealed batteries to store the power, and the Hut has power 24 hours a day. Perfect!

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