If you can afford it, do it! Solar panels are not only a way to be environmentally friendly, but they are also a way to save you loads of money and provide you with many more benefits. There is an up-front cost for purchasing and installing the system. However that cost is amortized over the years and eventually its paid off, leaving you with essentially free power for your home.
With a solar system you can also purchase a battery that will feed hour homes energy needs during any blackouts. Your home automatically switches on the battery and you probably won’t even know that the rest of your area is lacking power.
Plus, you can easily tell your battery to provide you with energy during the evening hours when the sun is down. This way you don’t have to tap into the grid; power your home with the sun during the day, and from the battery when the sun goes down.