Should we rely on the grid?

As we advance in solar power (which seems easiest for home use) and our devices become more efficient, homes are well capable of generating their own power. Where I live our solar panels will have paid for themselves over the time period of six years. (not counting the dropping cost of solar panels and the rising cost of electricity)

But I am not a solar panel fan. I much prefer more efficient means of producing renewable energy like wind farms and geothermal and so on, but this energy needs to reach millions of homes.

So I have a few sub-questions:
Should we just use these power stations for factories and industry?
Can we remove houses from the grid and have them rely on their own source of energy?
Is it more efficient for every household to generate their own power or to have renewable power stations providing for everyone?

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