I live with my wife, Kirsten, at the Grizzly Bear Ranch in a remote location in BC where we run a small wildlife-viewing operation.
Moving here from the city was quite a challenge, not least because we are off the power grid.
Without Lars Jensen and his expertise, I very much doubt we would have made it through to our fourth year here in the wilderness.
Setting up an off-grid power system is a challenge. In theory you can mail-order all the different parts and they will fit together perfectly, but the reality is very different. You simply need expert help.
Lars’ expertise counted on so many different levels. First of all he helped us select the right equipment for the job. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the alternative energy products on the market.
Secondly he helped us wire up the whole system, test it, retest it, and tweak it, so that we had everything running optimally.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, when things went wrong – and inevitably they do, often in the depths of winter – Lars was always ready to jump in and help, however busy he was with another project.
In practical terms what this means is that we have cut down our daily generator time from 10 hours to around two hours, and achieved all this on a tight budget.
Within a couple of years we hope to be able to afford to get Lars to install a solar power system that will mean we can turn the generator off altogether.
Lars is one of those rare technicians: extremely hard-working and super-knowledgeable which is essential for putting together the nuts and bolts of a system.
When employing his services you not only get great products at a good price, but also the knowledge that a man who knows as much about renewable energy systems as anyone else in the province is always there for you and ready to help.
— Julius Strauss, Owner/Operator, Grizzly Bear Ranch, BC