This is the big city. Getting off the grid in the big city is a silly idea. Don't worry about how to get off the grid. Get the grid off you.
Build your own renewable energy grid on your property. One that costs nothing to build, since it pays for itself. One that gets rid of carbon emissions, and eliminates resource, transmission, distribution and administration costs almost entirely.
Then use the gas and electric grids to...
So, go big. Build a Power Block Club.. or a Neighborhood Power Group, because grid power is a valuable commodity.
Use it to make money. You'll do more for the environment by accident than you could possibly do on purpose.
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