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Old 09-21-2017, 04:15 PM   #31
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Re: Hurricane Irma

Marcus, I just read link and found this rather confusing:

"Because of this requirement, a family stuck in areas without power with solar panels installed cannot use them now because doing so could endanger workers trying to restore power for their neighbors. Once again government’s desire for centralized control has unintended consequences"

I just turn off my main breaker to my house and backfeed a generator thru the 30A clothes dryer outlet until power is restored. I've never tried it, but suspect my generator would immediately die if I didn't shut off my main breaker, i.e. disconnect from the grid, because my little generator cannot supply power to all the houses on my grid that have left their HVAC, lights, etc. ON. Playing devil's advocate, it would require perfect timing for my generator to endanger workers during that <1 second it takes for it to die connected to the grid.

Using that analogy, it would seem that all a solar/battery/inverter equipped house would need to do is to disconnect from the grid until power is restored?
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:04 PM   #32
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Marcus, I just read link and found this rather confusing:

"Because of this requirement, a family stuck in areas without power with solar panels installed cannot use them now because doing so could endanger workers trying to restore power for their neighbors. Once again government’s desire for centralized control has unintended consequences"

I just turn off my main breaker to my house and backfeed a generator thru the 30A clothes dryer outlet until power is restored. I've never tried it, but suspect my generator would immediately die if I didn't shut off my main breaker, i.e. disconnect from the grid, because my little generator cannot supply power to all the houses on my grid that have left their HVAC, lights, etc. ON. Playing devil's advocate, it would require perfect timing for my generator to endanger workers during that <1 second it takes for it to die connected to the grid.

Using that analogy, it would seem that all a solar/battery/inverter equipped house would need to do is to disconnect from the grid until power is restored?
I'm not sure what the rules are for the solar panels to be connected to the grid. They may require it to be connected above the main breaker in the meter box such that one couldn't legally disconnect from the grid. I thought about that statement as well and the only scenario I could think of would be that a dedicated xformer on the pole for your house blew, thus disconnecting the power from the grid, and then a lineman grabbing hold of house side of the xformer during xformer replacement.
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Old 09-22-2017, 11:24 AM   #33
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