Will I Still Have Power During a Power Outage with a Grid-Tied Solar System? Understanding the Safety Features of Grid-Tied Solar Systems

One of the common questions about solar energy is whether you will still have power during a power outage with a grid-tied solar system. The answer is that it depends on the specific safety features of your grid-tied solar system. 

Grid-tied solar systems are connected to the electrical grid, which means that when your solar panels are not generating enough electricity to meet your energy needs, you can draw electricity from the grid. Conversely, when your solar panels are generating more electricity than you need, the excess electricity is sent back to the grid, where it can be stored for future use like cloudy days.

However, during a power outage, the electrical grid is not operational, which means that your solar panels will not be able to generate electricity. In addition, many grid-tied solar systems are equipped with automatic switchgear, which ensures that if there is a power outage, your solar system will automatically shut off to protect electrical workers who are fixing the grid.

This means that during a power outage, you will not have power from your solar panels. However, if you have a generator on site or battery storage, you can still have access to backup power during an outage.

To summarize, a grid-tied solar system will not provide power during a blackout. If having power during outages is a top priority for you, a solar hybrid system is the best choice. This system will ensure that your home’s essential loads are powered, keeping your family secure and comfortable during power disruptions.

Learn more about our Solar Hybrid System.