Mary thought it was good, but standing up, walking out to the deck and giving the damn thing a spin every time we want to attain some merit was a bit much. Why can't we rig it up to spin even if we're, say, seated on the couch with a remote in our hand?
Tentative Etayo Seal of Approval on design specs. Probably not actually solar-powered in this iteration.
I found an appropriate wall-wart power supply for the relay out behind the apartment building last night, 8vDC, 55mA. And the motor on our small oscillating fan is rated at around 0.6A, 120vAC, which the relay is designed to accomodate. And I think that the knob on the fan that holds the blades can be modified into a workable drive wheel. I'm just thinking out loud here.