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.

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.