You need expensive batteries and special equipment to run off-grid, and most people don't have them. And the sweet subsidies from non-solar rate payers don't cover these, so solar lovers will have to pay out of their own pocket.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.
It looks like a generator is a lot cheaper, and maybe more reliable.
Hat tip: biker, former co-worker, and all around good guy Burt via email.