California residents are learning the hard way their solar panels can’t keep their lights on.
Many residents didn’t understand that their solar panels would stop working when the power was cut because only solar panels that were installed with a battery backup will keep working.
Bloomberg reports the market for batteries has started to take off.
California residents are learning their solar panels can’t keep the lights on amid PG&E power cuts.
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) October 11, 2019
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. More
Requiring solar panels have driven the cost of housing up in California the state with one of the highest poverty and homeless levels in the nation.
As it turns out they designed the systems to feed the grid and not the home. You think that would have had to been disclosed to the homeowners in the fine print.
What did you expect out of Californians! These people needs a rude awakening!
— Denver Marcum (@denverm53) October 13, 2019
You make the power, pump the electricity into the collective grid for everyone to use but when needed you don’t have enough for yourself. Ain’t socialism grand? You’ll have to pardon me if I can’t seem to dredge up even an iota of sympathy for California.
Wait until they discover the costs associated with the recycling of broken/expired panels due to the toxic materials used to build them.
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Well, what, did they think gub’mint mandates are put in place to benefit the people? C’mon, get real.
— Maggie (@TheBigMRanch) October 12, 2019