Something untraditionally small is projected to be part of a big revolution in home living over the next 5 years.
GenPro Energy Solutions, a Piedmont, South Dakota based company, is manufacturing a 200-square-foot home its creators say is electrically self-sufficient, with 10 250-watt roof-installed solar panels that generate enough power to run a refrigerator, television, lights and more for 3 to 4 days without any sunlight.
The tiny residence, which has no given name but was nicknamed “the Green Tiny Home” by GenPro, is part of this weekend’s Black Hills Home Builders Association’s Home Show in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The show opened Friday and continues today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., then Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When it is basking in sunlight, “You can do whatever you want, but even then, you only need an hour in the sun to recharge it,” Doug Dykstra, the builder, said in an interview on Friday.
“Even 50 percent of the sun on a cloudy day could easily charge it,” said Jeremy Anderson, president of GenPro, and one of the home’s five engineers.
It is designed with the idea that people in rural areas could go off the grid and live comfortably, without paying the high fees that a power company might require. The home needs no foundation built, but rather would be anchored down as if it were a mobile home. GenPro gave the home the slogan of “Mixing old world quality with tomorrow’s technology.”