It's a 6.6 kW system with 22 panels, estimated to produce 7,850 kWh annually in our location. Electric bills for each of the first two months in our home were less than the estimated value of what our system can produce monthly. This means we will likely have eliminated our electric costs with room to spare. Hooray!
If we do this right, we could reduce or eliminate the need for centralized power generation, instead relying on the efficient utilization of locally produced power. I love the idea of getting most electricity through solar, wind, etc. What I don't want to see (and what unfortunately seems to be our reality today) is enormous chunks of land devoted to solar electric generation. Acres and acres of mirrors or solar panels spread across the landscape.
The need for the grid, however, does not go away. In fact, it must become more robust/reliable. What are some ways this is being accomplished today, that you know of? Are there utility companies focusing more on the transport of electricity rather than generation? Are there companies going to homeowners/businesses and requesting to install solar panels on rooftops?
An instance of one.