My goal is to have a simple generator at camp. One that starts automatically when you turn on a light switch and automatically shut off when you turn off the switch. There is no utility power at camp, so this is not a switching from one power source to another issue. We used to have a generator that did just as I described back in the 70's, but no one liked it as it was very loud, but we loved the convenience of it. We have a Honda generator now that is nice and quiet, but is a manual start and my wife can no longer start it when I'm not not there. I can add a starter to it, but she will still have to go out and start it, and she has some mobility issues. Hence the reason for me wanting all of this to be automatic.
I'm completely new to Arduino, so please bare with me. I know this can be done with Arduino as is probably very simple coding, but being completely new to this I have no idea where to even start?