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What should be the minimum requirement to consider one's self solar powered?

My definition would include a portable PV system to power a light and a laptop in the backcountry but would not include pocket calculators or the self-contained LED yard lights that stake into the ground.

I think if it serves a real energy need and is powered from solar, wind or hydro then it qualifies. How's that for a broad definition? What about a PV charged flashlight? I'd say yes, if you use it regularly. But the PV powered crystal spinner I have on my window, although cool, does not exactly increase my empowerment.

What do you think?

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Hi there Eric. I'd say you're on the right track here. It's all about reducing our footprint on the environment, right? That's the problem with the current method of creating energy - it's extremely wasteful. But a device or system that outputs an equal amount, or greater, of energy than it took to create or run that system would be considered efficient and even beneficial. I hope that makes sense later when I read it.



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