With recent power outages here after Irma whole house generator flights of fancy have returned. I'm thinking instead of sinking a bunch of money into something with zero ROI for the next decade waiting for another outage that may not even happen it's time to start thinking seriously about solar.
So much of it still looks like it's targeted at the enthusiast and is pretty bewildering. I guess for a grid tie system the basic components are the panels, a racking system and the inverter. Adding backup capability adds complexity, more components, more cost, but this caught my eye:https://www.pika-energy.com/
Is the Pika energy island a unique product or are there other things like it? I'm fine with isolating a few circuits to be powered by backup.
The last thing I want is to get mixed up with a sales guy pushing something when I don't know what I'm getting into. Frankly I'd rather have people on this forum tell me what to buy; even if their recommendations are less than ideal at least they don't have an ulterior motive.
I think we use about 1000 kwh per month average, obviously more in the summer than winter.