Yesterday I visited Jaquin, a painter from Portugal who has been in Terlingua for three years. He built his house from scratch, and lives completely off grid. He has an energy system that is mostly solar and some wind. He says that it is enough power to run all of his utilities easily...including a freezer, a washer and dryer, and microwave ( all energy hogs ). He has a water catchment system that he says gives him 500 gallons of water for every 1/4 inch of rainfall.
Yesterday was very windy. My pop up canopy from Academy was mangled, but I will have a more permanent structure soon. Every evening here provides a spectacular sunset, guaranteed. And every night is like staying in a planetarium.