This week we transition to being off-grid by adding batteries and charger/ inverters. By the time we’re finished we’ll have 12 kilowatts of panels and an extra few extra from wind turbines. That *should* be enough to provide more than enough energy for our daily needs and if it’s not, we just have to add more to the roof or swap out a window here or there.
One of the things that’s mostly unappreciated about solar is that it’s modularly scalable without losing efficiency. With fossil fuels and wind, the bigger the power plant, the more efficient it becomes. That means power generation gets centralized and distributed through the grid. That’s not the case with with solar. In fact you can improve its efficiency by scattering the means of generation closer to its point of use.
When we’re all using twice the amount of power each day (and it’s not a question of if, just when) our grids won’t keep up. When you factor in the cost of grid upgrades and the cost of generation, solar power generation at every home seems like the obvious solution.