PV solar here for 250 days of the year is a very bad joke DanA.
Studies show for those 250 days a year we have only one hour a day solar equivalent usability/production.
These PV solar yard ornaments are supposed to operate for 6 hours a night on what most folks get in a single days charging. Instructions say this "may" cut back to only 2 hours nightly usage "on a cloudy day charging".
I get 5 minutes usage from these December full exposure days.
Not just unique to the ~11,000,000 here, PNW marine wetside.
Applies southern Chile down into the Patagonia.
Maritime eastern Canada the same only one hour solar production a day the majority of the year.
New Zealand south island.
Other; around the world, coastal pocket areas.
About 300,000,000 folks living in these extremely poor PV solar conditions.
Interestingly all these places do grow trees well with our gray sky replenishing mists. Tree woods are the best solar storing in these conditions.
For us PV solar is the hole-in-the pocket distraction.
For us pass on the always storms generated, too little/too much wind and streams hydro and just go straight into woodgas for power.
You are correct. For my LARGE 12kW Kohler-welder to operate efficiently I'd have to only woodgas operate for ~4 heavy loaded hours a day. Forced to storing off running production energy in a big battery bank. Ha! No PV solar ,then no forced battery bank need.
Woodgasing without the battery bank costs and maintenance expenses I would just woodfuel my between size Yamaha 2800 for the base "needs" hours of ~16 hours a day. That can be done on 44 pounds/20 kilo's of woodchunks a day.
Even then would be annualized 3-4X the real costs versus our BIG-Hydro grid power.
Always. Practicality before idealism. With Freedom/Independence as the real driving factor to just being a write-a-check, mind-numbed, beholding, grid-slave. "part of the matrix"
Freedom ain't free.
Independence ain't free either.
Payed for in wood-sweating.
J-I-C Steve Unruh