I'll start by asking the question. Has any one done any recent research or built a good size cabin (800sqft) and figure how to install solar power and maybe wind with batteries in a do it yourself manner. What was or is the most cost effective way to achieve this. What is the best mixture of using gas appliances(do you even have or want) and electric to achieve a off the grid retreat cabin living a tad more of a comfort level than Frank Glaser or Dick Proenneke. Pictures of how and what you did it would be great. The bottom line is what would it cost for the alternative power sources achieve this. Can it be done a limited budget?