by: Christopher Martin
Californians have embraced rooftop solar panels more than anyone in the U.S., but many are learning the hard way the systems won’t keep the lights on during blackouts.
That’s because most panels are designed to supply power to the grid -- not directly to houses. During the heat of the day, solar systems can crank out more juice than a home can handle. Conversely, they don’t produce power at all at night.
So systems are tied into the grid, and the vast majority aren’t working this week as PG&E Corp. cuts power to much of Northern California to prevent wildfires.
The only way for most solar panels to work during a blackout is pairing them with batteries. That market is just starting to take off. Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. rooftop solar company, said hundreds of its customers are making it through the blackouts with batteries.
“It’s the perfect combination for getting through these shutdowns,” Sunrun Chairman Ed Fenster said in an interview. He expects battery sales to boom in the wake of the outages.
And no, trying to run appliances off the power in a Tesla Inc. electric car won’t work, at least without special equipment.
Me Here....If you talk with any fireman you will learn another major flaw with solar panels. If you have them on your house and it catches fire, the fire department will not fight the fire. They will protect neighboring houses without solar panels.
Why you ask? Solar panels produce electricity. Spraying water on the panels can have the electricity flow back through the water stream and injure or kill the fireman manning the hose. There is no way to turn the panels off. So they are electrically hot when it is daylight.
So for the safety of the fireman, they will just watch. Your home is gone.
I have to wonder about the environmental problems that so many batteries will cause in the future. It won't matter if they are lead acid or some more modern battery. All have toxic qualities. What problems will happen when these batteries fail when charging.
So many problems and complications when you make things more complex.
And to the "Green New Deal" idiots......This and the blackout are just a small, very small sample of what they are proposing to screw us with.
California, get used to all this. More is coming.