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CIA Veteran Enlists Sun Bandit to Take Solar “Underground”

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Sun BanditEighty five-year-old CIA veteran Joe Kelly’s lifetime of covert military service had him operating on and off the grid in 45 countries spanning over 22 years. 

Not one to idle in retirement, his latest unconventional endeavor has again driven him ‘underground’ -- this time quite literally, in rural Jonesborough, Tennessee, where he resides in a 2,800-square-foot earth berm home. 

Once secure in his self-described cave, Kelly set out on a mission to make his home completely independent of the area’s power and water grids. His aim was to operate without fail in event of a power outage or unforeseen disaster.

After ‘vetting’ several solar sources, Kelly selected Sun Bandit preferred partner Ian Huddleston of Greene Tech Renewable Energy to deliver a solar solution that could power his subterranean abode and workshop, pump water from a nearby well and provide plenty of hot water independent of the grid.

See photos and read the news release chronicling Kelly’s survivalist story; then click here for Greene Tech Renewable Energy’s video tour of his completed PV system, replete with battery back-up and Sun Bandit, the world’s first PV-powered solar water heating system. Sun Bandit’s off-grid efficiencies earned it a perfect 10 in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA’s) Energy Right eScore program, where heat pump water heaters scored only a 7.

A fiercely self-sufficient soldier, Joe Kelly inspires many of us to consider the peace of mind that comes with energy independent living. The fact that his 5.25 kW solar PV system and Sun Bandit hybrid solar water heating system deliver a 30% federal Investment Tax Credit reinforces the prudence of his survivalist strategy. A little extra financial independence can be quite liberating. 

CLICK or call 1-877-NGE-4SUN (1-877-643-4786) to discuss how Sun Bandit can add value to your sustainable housing needs and enhance your bottom line. Dealer and distributor opportunities available.  

Sun Bandit® is a trademark-registered, patented product innovation of Colorado-based Next Generation Energy (NGE®), whose expertise in PV, solar thermal and off-grid system design have been delivering high-performing, money-saving renewable energy solutions to commercial, utility-scale, governmental, individual and multi-family housing interests for over 30 years.


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