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  •  Ah! That's news to me. (0+ / 0-)

    I hadn't asked anyone, but sort of assumed that the power from our own array went first to our use and the excess went to the grid.  So I figured an outage would at least allow us to have power during the hours we were generating - but not so?

    "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

    by Chico David RN on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 12:30:10 PM PDT

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    •  Depends on the setup, but with our (0+ / 0-)

      utility and the particular solar company we use, the whole things comes to a halt during a blackout.

      I was certainly using electricity when they threw the switch today, but I could see from the way the meter was running that I was generating an excess of power, and it was going back to the grid.  So yeah, we get the power first, but the grid still has to be on.  I think the inverter is probably running off PG&E's power, not mine, and that's why the whole systems goes offline in a blackout.

      In capitalist America, bank robs you!

      by madhaus on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 12:53:01 AM PDT

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      •  I'll have to talk to installers about that (0+ / 0-)

        Not that blackouts are a huge problem where I live.  Haven't had one lasting more than a few hours in a long time.  My systemt runs the little Enphase microinverters - one inverter attached directly to each panel - so I wonder if that makes a difference.

        "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

        by Chico David RN on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 12:02:59 PM PDT

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      •  my system in italy (0+ / 0-)

        is grid-tied and it switches off automatically, otherwise it'd be deadly dangerous for those fixing a problem on the line.

        i know, when you most need it... but a battery backup is still prohibitively dear.

        why? just kos..... *just cause*

        by melo on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 07:05:22 AM PDT

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