Solar installations have skyrocketed in the past few years, but there are still only several hundred thousand residential systems nationwide. Data source: Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. Solar panel house icon designed by misirlou from the Noun Project.

Solar Surcharge Slammed

A South Dakota-based utility company recently tried- and failed- to charge customers extra for rooftop solar. Why are power companies paying so much attention to a source that accounts for just a fraction of a percent of American electricity.

Solar Panels for municipal energy production in Del Norte, Colorado

Why Residential Solar Can’t Keep The Lights On (Yet)

The vast majority of all solar systems, regardless of size, are designed to shut down during a utility power outage. Backup batteries or generators help solar-powered homes keep the lights on when grid power goes down. However, these reliability enhancements are beyond the financial reach of most homeowners.