Crud, We got started in solar, because our power company can not keep the power on. There may not be a single cloud in the sky and our power goes off here in the U.S. with a minimum of 4 hours and lately it is about 12 hours. It became a emergency tool for us and believe me that a generator and fuel would had been more expensive to operate so far. The better solar panels will last for 30 years or better and you can expect the charge controllers and inverters to last 15 plus years. We run lights, fridge and fans on a daily basis with our small solar system and we still do not use enough power to come close enough to the capacity. A ice maker and pre- heater for our water heater will be next.
Damn,Where do you live? California or somethin'? I'd be asking for rebates if they cut my power off for that long. I'm in Colorado. Not too many problems YET.