Re: Solar set-up anyone?? Just enough for 2 lights
We have a 70 watt solar panel that can actually make the meter run backwards. Saves a bit on the bill, but doesn't erase it. If you feed it to a deep cycle marine battery, your next problem is whether to use the 12 volts as is, or convert to 120 AC. A cheap inverter can run two lamps easily if you use energy savings bulbs you get more hours between charges. If you use the new LED bulbs, you get substantially more hours of light between charges.
My one buddy has a solar array, and a small wind turbine. Between the two they charged five deep cycle batteries in a closet. Rather than mess with an inverter, he used the power as 12 volts and purchased some 12 volt small appliances and lights. 12 volt TV, 12 volt coffee maker, 12 volt blender etc. Even a 12 volt fridge/freezer. For those times when he used too much electric and ran the batteries down, he had a 20 ft extension cord and plugged into his truck and let the truck idel for 15 minutes or so to charge it back up. There are ads for suppliers in Mother earth news, BackWoods Home and a few other mags. TSC stores had sold a magazine called Home Power which was full of small power technologies. One Supplier that has been around a few years is Kansas Wind Power. Heck even Harbor Freight sells the stuff now.