We are setting up an agroforestry homestead in a totally off-grid tropical location. No power, no Internet and no cellphone service. And on the other side of the river with no bridge. Low water construction of a ford is a must.
We do have a unique hillside with a small year-round stream and river frontage with flow that varies with the season. I don’t have accurate seasonal flow records for the stream yet, but it should be enough for a pico-hydro generator. There’s not enough drop in the river for a conventional small turbine but a run-of-river turbine may work.
We will integrate solar panels and will lastly evaluate after we set up residence whether we have enough wind to make a wind turbine of some design feasible.
Comments from those with experience with hybrid power systems, especially pico-hydro are welcome.