Source: The New York Times
quote: but still have a grid to fall back on in case the batteries get drained
quote: I guess it also depends on where you live since during the winter months pulling from the grid is still significantly cheaper than running a generator.
quote: But what if you don't need the grid? Should you be forced to help pay for a private company's infrastructure upkeep? They're going to need that cost subsidized somehow. If it's not subsidized, then people who can't afford solar panels will pay exorbitant costs for electricity because all the grid maintenance will be wrapped up into their bills. In my opinion, it sucks for them but people who don't even use the grid shouldn't have to pay for its upkeep.