There is a misconception that a typical residential solar system will continue producing electricity during grid outages and provide uninterrupted service. After all, if the sun is shining and the grid goes down, shouldn’t the system still work?
In fact, residential solar was historically designed to stop working in the case of a grid outage. This is now changing as solar plus energy storage systems and other future technology improvements add the ability to function during a grid outage. So, how do solar panels work when the grid is down with and without storage?