I too find solar the way to go on this. I am out here in SCE land, and who knows when California is going to get it right. My habits tend to favor Friday night and Weekend operating. I typically run about 100W out SSB or 50W out CW on a TS-180s for a few hours on those days. I use a Uni-Solar 32 watt panel and a Morning Star 10 amp SunSaver controller. The controller has a low voltage disconnect output, but I do not use the radio on that. The radio has its own fused direct connection to the battery. The controller tolerates the lower voltage on the battery during Xmit. The battery is a Sears Marine battery - 27 series I think. I do not use AC at all, (except for lighting). I've been doing this for three months now, and haven't had a dead battery. The other application is the garage door opener, which was in use for about a year before the radio (using an inverter of course). I use the 10 amp controller, because I expect to be adding another panel before Field Day. After Field Day, I think I will have enough juice for the Garage Door and the Radio! I have serious thoughts about an AGM battery, filling the wet battery every so often is a pain, as is managing the ventilation. I do visit the www.solar-electric.com
site a lot! (The refrigerator is next!).