You’re thinking about solar panels. The forecast is brutal. High winds, lots of snow…will the power go out? It could be out a day or many days, but the cooking and laundry and dishes still have to be done. What are you going to do? This certainly isn’t the only scenario in which you lose power. But it prompts a common question among those looking to invest in a solar-powered system: “If I get solar panels, will I still have electricity when the power goes out?”
The answer is: Maybe.
When Will I Lose My Power With Solar Panels?
The solar panels on your roof take the energy from the sun and convert it into power to run your home. California requires you to stay on the grid, and that makes things with solar panels a little bit different.
When your solar system produces extra energy, it is sent into the grid and the power company gives you credit on your utility bill. It’s also how you save money on power.
With a grid-tied system, your power can be shut off to prevent those electrical currents from running through the lines. This works to protect the people who come to work on your power lines. Think of it as a safety feature, not just for the workers, but also for innocent bystanders to a fallen power line.
Is There Any Way I Can Keep My Power?
You can always add a back-up generator or battery storage for extra security. Using a generator or battery, you’ll be able to keep the power on and still use your solar panels.
At Aurora Energy, our expert technicians are ready to help you tackle power outages, lower your utility bill, and answer any questions you have. Contact us today and get started on the road to green!