When some people first consider installing solar panels on their properties, their motivation is to live independently from the power company. Off-grid solar is the setup they're thinking of, as perhaps its greatest draw is that you'll receive no bill from the power company. This can be especially beneficial in remote locations, where installing traditional power poles requires a huge investment. By installing an off-grid solar system, you don't have to worry about whether the closest power company can extend its reach out to where you live.

Others choose this option because of energy-consciousness. Put simply, in producing all of your own power supply you can understand exactly how much power you consume in a given day. This method also eliminates the inefficiencies of distribution and allows the user not to feel responsible for the power company's environmental footprint, for example, as well as their own. In other words, off-grid power represents local sourcing to the extreme.