For those considering – here’s an interesting exchange from the comments section of the Daily Mail 4/22/15:
I lived off the grid in CA and it felt great to know that I didn’t need the power company. My 4’6′ solar cell charged some deep cycle marine batteries with an LP gas back up generator. Never needed the gen and I had satellite tv and internet, washer and dryer, refrigerator, swamp cooler. It’s the way to go in areas with lots of sunshine.