I reach out to my fellow Off-the-grid energy friends and inquire about the implications of lightning strikes and issues for the best way to protect lighting, outlets and equipment in the following environment:
We have a future site that will be off the grid, is at an elevation of 2500m in a mountain region where the location is not at the peak of the mountain, but it is fairly high up along the ridge. The original design was for pure solar until we ran the numbers and realized in poor winter sunlight would cost too much with battery banks. We then moved to bring in biomass and gasification to solve the power issues.
My question is do we need lightning rods or any other grounding besides unplugging during storms? What advise can you give for protecting the power system in this exposed environment?
Thanks for any help and assistance with this uncommon problem for a potential site.