Power to the people: How technology is helping a new generation to tune out

Advances in solar and wind technology and mobile internet have changed the game for the increasing number of people who choose to go off-grid, keen to live a more sustainable and cost-effective life

Steve Byrne and his wife Claire who have been living off-grid for 12 years and now sells off-grid kits to help others do the same. Picture: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Steve Byrne remembers a time when he did “the usual thing”. He would get up early, commute to his job as a newspaper production manager, slog all day and return home late in the evening. And the next day he would get up and do it all over again. It’s a routine that is familiar to many of us. But a stint volunteering on a community farm project changed everything. Byrne, 52, discovered there were ...