Off-Grid Guru’s Tent

Meet the best of the best in the industry. Here their experiences, learn about products and find out how you can live off-grid with ease!

The Off-Grid Living Festival is all about interaction, and we like to facilitate opportunities that can’t be experienced anywhere else. The Off-Grid Guru’s Tent is one of these places – a unique space where you can talk direct with people who are experienced in off-grid living or experts in renewable technologies. Come along and meet a diverse array of open and welcoming gurus all weekend in this wonderful conversation space.

Hosted by: Country Solar
Prices: ALL FREE, ALL DAY
No booking required except for the ‘So you think you can go self-sufficient’ workshop, which can be pre-booked online through the workshops page (coming soon).

SATURDAY PROGRAM

9.15 – 9.45am

Jon Palfrey
Energy Smart Water

What are PV Hot Water Systems and why are they a great choice for energy efficient homes. Learn all this and more with Jon Palfrey of Energy Smart Water.
9.45 – 10.30am

Ged McCarthy
The Solar Experts

Living off grid starts with Power. Panel prices have never been lower, but designing a system to suit your life, building, environment, budget & needs can be complicated.

Ged gives you the tools & information to start thinking seriously about solar and giving the grid the flick!
10.45 – 11.30am

Peter Clark
Lithium Lab

We will be discussing our experience and systems based around LiFePO4 batteries, we can do 12, 24 and 48Volt systems.

We build our own battery packs and specialise in low voltage system for RV, Caravan, Marine and Tiny house applications. Drawing on our 6 years+ of experience in the field we can point people to ways to avoid pitfalls.

11.45 – 12.30pm

Adam Major
Superior Boilers

Learn about the merits of using wood fired boilers for hydronic heating, hot water and cooking.

What are the best systems, what scale can I heat with one boiler, which boiler is best for me? Ask all these questions and more with expert Adam Major of Superior Boiler.

12.45 – 1.30pm

Sarah Wooden & Sarah Taylor
MecoBlue Tiny Living & Sarah Taylor – Life & Business with Intention

Both Sarah’s have been scaling down to Living Tiny. Come along and hear an entertaining account of their different experiences in transitioning to ‘Tiny’.

In this talk they will also touch on the various off-grid or semi-off-grid systems that you’ve tried along the way – and tell you with honesty about both the good and bad.
1.45 – 2.30pm

Richard Rowe
Solar Tracker

If you’re keen to set up your own power systems off-grid then this is the talk for you. Richard will take you through the basics of Solar, Wind and Renewables and cover topics about safety, good practices around design, cable selection, installation and devices to choose.
2.30 – 4.00
Dr Rachel Goldlust
PHD Off-Grid

An interactive and creative workshop that will delve into your ideas and dreams about off-grid living and self-sufficiency. Looking at many elements in practice, with real life examples and plenty of fantastic advice to help you on your journey.

Participants are supplied with butcher’s paper, pens, magazines and a series of modules to begin to dream and create their ideal self-sufficient home. Part information session and part creative process, the group will discuss and collaborate on a number of interesting topics.

SEE MORE ON WORKSHOPS PAGE (Coming Soon)

SUNDAY PROGRAM

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9.30 – 11.00am

Dr Rachel Goldlust
PHD Off-Grid

An interactive and creative workshop that will delve into your ideas and dreams about off-grid living and self-sufficiency. Looking at many elements in practice, with real life examples and plenty of fantastic advice to help you on your journey.

Participants are supplied with butcher’s paper, pens, magazines and a series of modules to begin to dream and create their ideal self-sufficient home. Part information session and part creative process, the group will discuss and collaborate on a number of interesting topics.

SEE MORE ON WORKSHOPS PAGE (Coming Soon)
11.00 – 11.45am

Anna Dye
Impressed Solar

Water for Off-Grid; harvesting, storage & pumping.

Learn about the latest technology options for water supply, storage and pumping for off-grid houses, gardens and farms.

Get an insight into the varying setups and ongoing costs of solar pumps vs. other pump options and hear about innovative set up ideas.
12.00 – 12.45pm

Steve Madson
Country Solar

As off-grid technology improves and becomes more popular, we’re seeing a change in the market as battery technology becomes more affordable, reliable and in turn – desirable.

Join renewable energy specialist, Steve Madson of Country Solar to hear about the latest in Battery Technology and how it’s changing the way we approach energy in our homes and businesses.
1.00 – 1.45pm

Mark Robinson
Global Eco Solutions

What is Solar Powered Heat Extraction?

What are the the benefits of it?

How can it be best used in domestic and Commercial space?

Learn all this and more with Solar Wiz, Mark Robinson.
2.00 – 2.45pm

Graeme Lamb & Shaun Gash
Future NRG

An in-depth discussion about off grid systems.

How they are designed from Start to the Final product and the benefits of working with the professional on designing a fully integrated energy system for off-grid homes – including all of the creature comforts of a ‘normal’ home and more.
3.00 – 3.45

Chris Wingard
Alpine Tint

If you’re retrofitting an existing home, there’s an amazingly simple solution to heat loss and gain that anyone can achieve affordably – professional tinting.

Learn how window film has grown from purply bubbly car windows to the energy efficiency must have for your windows, saving home and business owners on their heating, cooling and energy bills.