Elizabeth Wynn knows a bit about a flexible future. As a thirty-something songwriter, she quit her job, built her own house on the base of an old van, and now, thanks to Sunflare solar panels, she lives entirely off the grid.
Elizabeth also built her own furniture, as well as a full-sized shower, kitchen with a gas oven, sink, fridge and composting toilet. She recovered most of the windows and building materials from bins on the side of the road and fallen trees on the property. Elizabeth is a reuse hero.
She didn’t always have support. There were many who said that she was crazy. That it couldn’t be done. That an adult “should take more responsibility.”
She received a piece of land in Malaga Spain from a friend and began to build her dream house, working up to 14 hours a day. “Both mentally and physically, it was much more challenging than I ever thought,” she said. “But the result makes it all worth it. I can now go and stand where I want and have no fixed burdens, giving me a huge free feeling. And there are wheels under, so when I move, my house just goes!”
Philip Gao, CEO of Sunflare said, “We admire Elizabeth’s determination, ingenuity and her ability to reuse what is available. She’s a pioneer, like we are.”
Solar Self Consumption
It took Elizabeth a year to build her tiny house. And she finished it just as Spain is working to abolish their “Sun Tax” which currently taxes people for generating their own energy. Soon they plan to move to a net-metering policy where people on the grid can give energy back and reduce their costs. If Elizabeth wants to give electricity back, she could hook up to the grid now and get credit for her electricity.
“I am so thankful that I have these solar panels. And Sunflare panels were so easy to install. After building this whole place, adding the solar was a piece of cake.”
The Sunflare team visited Elizabeth in Malaga, and fell in love with the tiny wooden structure. She showed us where she holds her creative workshops and shared a bit of how she encourages her students to get in touch with their creative selves. We were indeed more inspired just sitting near her creation and hearing about her journey to become free.
You have to love that on the night she finished her house she tweeted “Thirty-three and mortgage free.”