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Plenty of people have generators as backup systems. Really can't be running the generator 24/7. And you want ateast some lights in the evening.
So, some batteries charged during the day from the generator & a battery charger then evenings from batteries threw an inverter & extension cords for some lights. Amount of batteries depends on the amount of power you think you will need to draw which also dictates size of inverter.
This is a good way to add depth to your generator as a backup system for power.

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Jim, not sure if what I'm going to suggest is a viable option for you but something to consider.
Some wood heaters & fans to circulate the air. Small battery bank & inverter will take care of lights, fans, etc. My guess is it would cut your need for running the generator in half. Refrigerators, freezers, etc only need run a few a hours a day.

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OK, here's some money thoughts.

$600 roughly for four Trojan T-105 batteries which are 225AH each.

$440 for Samlex 1500watt pure sine wave inverter. Advantage is a pure sine wave is just better for electronics & motors but much more expensive.

$320 for a 1500watt generator

$50 for a battery charger.

So about $1500 you have a good standby system.

Now, with that in place, you can then add solar to charge the batteries.

$80 for 30amp solar controller regulator

$1,000 roughly for seven 80watt panels which would be 560watts. And that would almost elimate the need for the generator.

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