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Bug #38068 closed:unresolved

Factual error about grid-tied solar panels being used as power backup after storms

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This bug appeared in a news report published by New York Times on Dec 12, 2012 by DAVID CRANE and ROBERT F. KENNEDY Jr. . View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Simple Factual Error

Already have done a blog post summarizing it here:


In a nutshell, power companies require solar power systems to shut off when grid goes down due to safety concerns, so their idea is not only wrong, it may lead people to purchase solar systems thinking they can use them for backup power.

Supporting Information:



Anonymous has contacted New York Times

Bug History

Dec 13, 2012 11:32 am Open Anonymous
Dec 14, 2012 2:00 am Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy
Feb 21, 2013 9:01 am Closed: Unresolved admin

Discussion Leave a comment


While I’m certainly no expert on solar panels, Crane and Kennedy’s call for “solar panels on every roof” automatically sounded like a good idea for all the benefits that alternative power may offer (like energy independence, an end to climate change, etc.). Thanks for sharing your insights here and the link to Watts Up with That. I’ll keep tuned in here to read what other solar power industry experts may have to say. If you’re right, I hope the Times corrects the error ASAP since it would seem, according to the supporting information cited above, that this could be a matter of life or death.

Dec 22, 2012 12:46 am