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Why solar homes also go dark during California’s blackout

in Local Roundup

When wind-driven wildfires whip across California, some homeowners with solar systems might assume they’ll still have electricity if the utility company cuts power to prevent blazes sparked by damaged equipment.

But they’d be wrong.

“It’s sort of a natural assumption that people would think this … and it’s hard to break through that,” said Brad Heavner, policy director for the California Solar & Storage Association.

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