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I’ll have power when during a blackout because I have solar panels!

Probably not, the majority of solar power systems installed in the USA are typically grid tied systems, meaning they connect to the utility company to push any extra electrons you product back into the grid. These types of systems have a significant advantage because they qualify for extra rebates provided by the state on top of the federal tax credit.

The downside to gird connected systems is that when the utility company encounters a blackout, so do you, even if you have a solar power system. Due to utility company regulations, a solar power system must shutdown when the power goes out due to safety regulations and the fact since with a grid tied solar electric system is using the grid as a battery to store the electricity you produce.

One way to avoid a blackout is adding a battery backup system to your grid tied solar electric system. Which means you solar panel system in addition to sending electricity back into the grid charges a battery system just in case the grid goes down you start drawing power from the batteries. As great that sounds, being the only person on your block who has power when there is an outage. A battery backup system not only requires yearly maintenance but it adds a significant increase in the final cost of a system. Also the batteries need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years depending on the brand and quality of the battery you use with your system.

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Author: Deep Patel

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