What happens when the grid goes down and the neighborhood looses power?

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Do solar panels provide electricty during power outages?

In most cases if the grid is down your home will be without power even though you have solar panels. This is the case when your panels are connected to the grid. The reason for this is safety. If the power is out in your area your local utility company will be making repairs. Just like in a normal circumstance, if your producing energy that’s not being used it will be put out on the grid. This is a very dangerous situation if there’s a repairman in the area making repairs.