By Kiki Skagen Munshi, Julian
November 26, 2020 (Julian) – Regarding your article, SDG&E warns 2,700 customers of potential public power shutoffs after Thanksgiving: The real story is why SDG&E is doing this when the Santa Ana Wind Threat Index (SAWTI) forecast is only for “Moderate” fire danger in San Diego County and only for Friday. This is a pattern that has become almost normal with SDG&E, threatening to shut off power the conditions aren’t very bad. It was annoying in summer but it’s now winter and cold….and not all of us have wood stoves.
SDG&E is apparently giving away generators in the Back Country. At a reported $4-6 an hour to run and highly polluting, this is not an answer for most people. If they really cared, they would subsidize solar systems with batteries so people could go off the grid entirely and not have power lines that might cause fires.
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SDG&E POWER CUTS and SOLAR WATER PUMPING
Why Not Design Solar So It Works When Grid Is Down?
Home solar systems are locked into the grid. Any excess goes into the grid and credits are earned. However, when the grid is down, solar doesn't work. Why can't solar be designed to work when the grid is down? Any excess generated electricity could go into the ground just as with lightening rods. Something as simple as some type of switch that recognizes when the grid is down should work. I've spoken with several more knowledgeable than I am and they agree. Batteries are extremely expensive.
This is a very good idea