Solar power technology converts sunlight into electricity. This happens within solar cells, which are tiny devices whose collection makes up a solar panel. You can choose to install a standalone solar power system or have it connected to the mains. The good thing about the standalone system is that you can forget the grid forever. Standalone systems produce electricity and store it in battery banks. Power can then be drawn from them whether there is sunlight or not.
On the other hand, by connecting your system to the mains, you will sign a net-metering agreement, which allows you to draw power from the grid and supply energy from your system. At the end of the month, your net usage is calculated and you either pay for your excess usage or they pay you for the excess supply, both at the same rate. Cool, eh?
Another great thing about solar energy is that it comes with hardly any maintenance costs. Apart from regular cleaning of solar panels to rid them of dust and other particles, you will not need to carry out any other maintenance activities. And I bet you don't need to pay someone to do that for you. Or do you? Well, the choice is yours. However, you might have to change your battery bank and inverter after several years (maybe after a decade or so), depending on a number of factors.
If you're worried about the initial cost of installation, worry no more. The federal government offers great tax incentives on renewable energy in a bid to encourage investments into renewable energy. With tax credits of up to 30%, you can rest assured of a huge cost reduction. And anyway, the payback period is usually short (1-2 years) and you can continue enjoying free power for the rest of your life.
So if the power utility bill was barring you from installing electrical home accessories like pendant lights, you now have no reason not to do so.