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I think most people would want to remain connected to the grid even with a system like this. It would provide backup in case your system went down, as well as the opportunity to sell excess power to the utility if it became available. However, this requires the power company to maintain the infrastructure from power plant to home, so you cannot expect to remain connected to the grid for free. Right now, the fixed cost is buried in your cost per KWH, but if your usage drops dramatically (along with hundreds or thousands of other homes), the utility’s billing structure will have to change.
As an example of a similar issue, I live in Georgia and they just passed a law to tax owners of electric vehicles. Why? Because the roads are paid for out of gasoline taxes and electric vehicles do not use gasoline. They do, however, use the roads. In a similar fashion, a user who generates their own electricity but chooses to remain connected to the grid in case of emergency will need to pay for that service. Of course, a user could disconnect entirely and risk being without power when (not if, but when) their system goes down.