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Unveiling America's Ghost Towns: A Haven for Green Community Building

olorado is full of fascinating ghost towns located throughout the state, mostly up in the Rocky Mountains. There are certainly some very well-preserved ones, as well as old communities that are disappearing. New Migrant populations and BIPOC homesteaders are buying up these properties at low prices to create their own green communities!

Have you ever dreamed of owning a piece of history or embarking on a unique journey of building a sustainable community from the ground up? With over 5000 abandoned municipalities scattered across the USA in 2024, this dream could become your reality sooner than you think. These neglected ghost towns, where time seems to have stood still, are waiting to be revitalized and transformed into vibrant, green hubs of innovation and community living.

The Allure of Abandoned Towns

Amidst the eerie silence and faded remnants of a bygone era, lies an opportunity brimming with potential. These ghost towns, some of which can be purchased for under $200,000, present a blank canvas for forward-thinkers and visionaries looking to create something truly extraordinary. Imagine the thrill of breathing new life into dilapidated structures, repurposing old buildings with a modern twist, and reimagining spaces to foster a sense of belonging and sustainability.

Embracing Sustainability and Innovation

As professionals seeking to make a difference, the prospect of turning ghost towns into thriving eco-communities offers a chance to combine passion with purpose. By harnessing renewable energy sources, implementing green building practices, and embracing circular economy principles, these revitalization projects can serve as models of sustainable living for the future. From off-the-grid tiny homes to communal gardens and green spaces, the possibilities for green community building are limited only by imagination.

Crafting a New Narrative

With each creak of weathered floorboards and each whisper of the wind through abandoned streets, there lies a story waiting to be told. By preserving the unique heritage and character of these ghost towns while infusing them with contemporary sustainability practices, we can honor the past while shaping a brighter tomorrow. This blend of history and innovation creates a narrative that transcends time, inviting residents and visitors alike to be part of a living, breathing story of transformation and renewal.

Building a Community for Tomorrow

The essence of green community building lies not just in the physical structures we create but in the connections we forge and the sense of belonging we cultivate. By fostering a spirit of collaboration, inclusivity, and environmental stewardship, these revitalized ghost towns can become beacons of hope and inspiration for generations to come. Together, we can build a better future—one that honors our past, embraces sustainability, and fosters a true sense of community.

Seize the Opportunity

In a world where possibilities are endless and challenges abound, the allure of America's ghost towns as havens for green community building beckons to those who dare to dream differently. Let us embark on this journey together, shaping a landscape where innovation, sustainability, and community converge in perfect harmony. Step into the realm of abandoned municipalities, where the past meets the future, and let your vision guide the path towards a greener, more connected world.

Embrace the spirit of innovation. Embrace the legacy of the past. Embrace the promise of America's ghost towns. Remember, the future is what we make of it. Let's make it green, sustainable, and community driven.

The new Homesteader builds net zero sustainable homes with relative ease once the land has been purchased the above home was less than 100 thousand dollars it is three bedroom 2 baths and solar powered.

BIPOC Community Embraces Net Zero Sustainability

A 6-acre town that sits in southern South Dakota near the Nebraska border and was posted for sale in 2014 for $399,000. In 2015, the price was slashed to $250,000. The Biden administration hopes to increase the number of Black farmers and expand their farms through the American Rescue Plan, with $5 billion of the $1.9 trillion set aside to assist Black farmers. Much of the text for this part of the plan came from Sen. Raphael Warnock’s Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act, as this Georgia Democrat’s state is one of the top five states with the most Black farmers.

Through the Global Gardens program, immigrant and refugee families in the Boise area can access land for farming and gardening. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $67 million in competitive loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP), which aims to help agricultural producers and landowners resolve heirs’ land ownership and succession issues.

Understanding Home Stead Power Needs

An off-grid solar system needs to be large enough to power an AWG water Generator, Solar Shed, Electric Vehicle and a house. And we also kn0w that a 100V lithium battery bank was the way to go. Inverting from 100V to 120V is so much more efficient than 12V or 24V, but low voltage enough to work with relative safety.

100 Volts to Watts How many Watts is 100 Volts?

The number of watts in 100 volts depends on the type of current. For direct current (DC), 100 volts is equal to 150 watts1. For alternating current (AC), the number of watts depends on the phase and voltage. For example, for 1 phase AC, 100 volts is equal to 75 watts1. If you have a 1-amp circuit, 1 volt is equal to 1 watt. If you have a 100-amp circuit, 1 volt is equal to 100 watts2.

This setup needed to power an EV some large appliances - air conditioners, power tools, transfer pumps, lights, computer and kitchen gadgets like a blender and crock pot.

But we also wanted to be smart about our usage, especially in the cold months. For heating and cooking we would supplement as much as we could with propane, gas, or wood. This meant we could setup our power system at 120V power instead of 220V. Our winter heating stove would be wood burning, and we have a separate building powered by community power for those who need to utilize washers and clothes dryers many of whom may opt out as out here we have our endless sun and low humidity. Should we get in a situation where we need 220V power, we can always switch out the inverter or add more batteries.

When building a community battery shed allow for placement of lightning arresters to trip if lightning were to ever hit the mount or anywhere near it. In rural areas indirect lightning strikes are totally a thing, so just trying to be extra careful. When it trips, it cuts all power from the combiner box so no surges can make it into the shed and destroy the charge controllers, inverter, batteries, etc…There are so many ways now to build a large battery bank for off-grid living. But the one constant is that you should definitely be looking at Lithium Ion or LiFePO4 batteries.

Lithium batteries are smaller, lighter, last much longer, use most of their stated capacity, don’t have much voltage sag, and charge quickly. For reference, the most popular batteries you can purchase have a lifespan of 2,000 to 3,000 cycles. three modest homes use about 10 cycles per month because if you have each home equipped with rooftop solar, and the State of Charge rarely drops below 80% overnight. That means your mutually powered shed batteries could easy last anywhere from 15-25+ years if you take care of them. Note as the technology improves costs will also go down making it a win-win situation.

Keywords: 5000 Abandoned Municipalities in the USA in 2024, Towns can be purchased for under $200,000


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