3dO wrote:What is the best power generating system to use?
Usually (as far as non-fuel generating options are concerned), the best is microhydro -- but it depends on the resources in your area (wind or solar resources might be excellent in your area and/or you might not have a river/big-stream on your property).
Homepower.com is a good resource for this type of information:
You might find it more cost-effective to use a diesel generator than to install a solar, wind, or hydro system. (I heard that diesel generators can be made to be very quiet if mufflers are run in series.)
If I installed solar, I think I might securely bolt the panels to angled concrete monoliths instead of attaching them to flimsy frames or tracker systems. That would preempt the windstorm hazard, as long as flying objects didn't crack the panels.
Any way you go -- diesel, solar, wind, hydro, or a combination of those -- you are looking at a heavy investment. (Diesel would require the lowest investment, but would incur continuous fuel costs.)