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[Cob] New to cob; particular question re: bringing electricity to a cob structure

Henry Raduazo raduazo at
Fri Nov 21 15:50:10 CST 2008

Real Goods has a complete range of stuff for off-grid systems.  
(solar, wind, hydro) I would definitely recommend at least a small  
system for lights and small appliances. (I can't live with out an  
Electric drill) They will be happy to send you a catalogue.  I  
haven't dealt with them for some time, but they used to be pretty  
good at giving you technical advice. Make a list of all the  
appliances that you are likely to need and give them a call.

800-919-2400 or techs at

On Nov 21, 2008, at 3:13 PM, Andrew John Martinson wrote:

> Hello,
> My wife and I are researching alternative living/building with the  
> aim of building a small cob cottage in Oregon's mid-Willamette  
> valley.  She has experience building with cob at her school in  
> Portland, and my intention is to take some classes in cob  
> construction (to augment what I've been learning from books, the  
> web, etc) through Cob Cottage Company.
> Of the myriad questions I have, one has to do with bringing  
> electricity to a cob structure.  Though we are considering (and  
> trying to learn more about) solar PV, wind, microhydro, etc., we  
> realize that we may want to have utilities to our property.  I  
> believe that bringing municipal utilities such as electricity to a  
> building and site invites beurocracy and expense, but could anyone  
> give me A) a rough (or specific) charge for such a hookup, and/or  
> B) anecdotal experience of such an effort?  Perhaps if we purchased  
> land with a pre-existing structure that was wired (and plumbed) we  
> could renovate that electrical system to bring power to the cob  
> structure.
> Thank you.
> Andrew
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