solar panels at a remote cabin
my family has a cabin in Northern Saskatchewan, right on the Churchill river. No electricity, no water, no nothing.
However, the cabin is wired for 8 lights (and 2 outlets). Generally, we run the generator at night to power the lights. I find this annoying and that it takes away from the peacefulness of nature.
I want to put some solar panels on the roof (which angles south) and charge a battery or something to run the lights at night. I only want it to run some lights... I could even change the 40W lights we have to LEDs if that'll help.
However, it needs to be either portable (and easy to set-up/take-down/transport) or very very very very weather resistant. It reaches -50'C in the winter.
Any thoughts? Is there a pre-packaged solution for me? How many watts do I need?
Help me shut that damn generator off.