After much research, I discovered that the surge from an electric potter's wheel would not work well with solar power. I now have a propane kiln with no electrical components, and a kick wheel.
I did my first single firing ( eliminating the bisque firing ) last week. Everything went well with no breakage. However, a few of my glazes crawled....not enough clay or bentonite in the mix. The trick is to fire REALLY slow, and to have all pots glazed at the leather hard stage and dry, dry, dry!!
I'm now practicing with the kick wheel. It turns much slower than the electric wheel ( can't kick that fast !). I have gotten some height and centering went well. I will probably buy a Bison tool for trimming ( they are the sharpest....kind of "spendy", but I hear they are the best ).
Hope to be turning and burning in Montana before too long!!