“Off-grid-capable” (OGC for short), simply means being capable of being off-grid, but not necessarily doing so on a full-time, or permanent basis.

But what does “off-grid” mean? “Off-grid” is general designation generally used to describe a home, property, and/or lifestyle that is independent of utility services such as (but not limited to) electricity, water, sewer, phone, and sometimes, wired internet (as in cable internet, DSL, fiber-optic, etc).

At a wider level, “off-grid” can also describe a self-reliant lifestyle or philosophy that applies a similar independence from other, non-utility systems and institutions. In this context living “off-grid” can describe a person or family who lives without many of the entanglements that most members of society experience. This could include: education, occupations (other than self-employment), religion, etc.

Why is this distinction of “off-grid-capable” being made?

Like many topics discussed in modern times, discussions about ‘the grid’ often end up being polarized around only two points of view: being on-grid and being off-grid. As with most polarized points of view, many possibilities exist in the middle. These possibilities should be considered and discussed, as many would find this middle-ground to be a rational point of view.

Being off-grid and being on-grid both have advantages and disadvantages. Being off-grid-capable seeks to combine most of the benefits of each to arrive at a reasonable, achievable outcome for those who like aspects of both an on-grid and off-grid lifestyle.