Instead of reinventing the wheel have any of you recently done the research and hard yards and installed a solar electricity system which stores and uses the power, yet has an on-grid backup still in place? I wish to incorporate solar panels, wind generated power with a diesel backup still connected to the grid, but wishing to 99% of the time use my own power. There has to be recent advances in panels, inverters, battery technology, switching gear, wire technology and techniques etc. that are not covered in old threads here. Permies are usually ace at this sort of stuff. I'm over the ridiculous electricity prices and the pitiful 6c/kWhr offered by grid electricity providers who buy your excess solar electricity back as well as the unreliability of supply. It is not uncommon here to lose power for a full day and every time we have a storm a tree falls over the lines somewhere as they have allowed trees to grow too near the lines here all over the place and spend forever pruning little branches off instead of taking out all the trees with potential to disrupt power. What are the best panels, most reliable inverters and switching and control gear and the best value for money batteries for a 12-16kW system at the moment? Are there any good solar electricity blogs to follow?