Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
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Re: Solar panels vs. wind or forget it?
batteries and space for them, and an inverter will be the bigger issue on a Mac.....space is at a premium to start with. PV panels will likely be your only choice, but mounting them may cost more than the panels.
Your best bet would be to do a decent "energy budget" (should be able to find a post or two on that here) including those things you describe. That will give you some idea how much energy you will need, and provide the basis for selection of panels, batteries, controller, inverter and such. Not an insignificant amount of money and work to be done for a proper, reliable installation.
You can all but rule out the dorm size fridge, but a cooler or an engle 12v box( more $$) will be more efficient and may be usable given your size and potential set up.
Unless you have a steady 15-18 mph wind, wind generator will be more of a pain than useful, and mounting one on a trailer sailor even more $$$.