LEF uses photovoltaic panels for most power needs. This PV system supports “direct drive” equipment, meaning that electricity flows directly from the panels to the motors. This means that when the sun is shining, the motors run, and they stop running without sun coverage.
The PV system powers a DC well pump, direct-drive blowers for the heating system, a flour grinder, and woodworking and metalworking equipment. LEF’s backup fuel for cooking, heating, and water supply is a small amount of firewood, gathered on site.