Remember that thunderstorm I wrote about the other day? Someone even nearly got hit by lightning (about three miles away) and captured it on video. Since we live off the grid, we’re able to shut down our solar power system during big electrical events like that one. First you throw a big Frankenstein knife switch like this:
That disconnects the solar array from the system. Then there’s three other switches that separately disconnect the inverter from the batteries, the charge controller from the solar panels, and the charge controller from the batteries.
I mentioned that I saw Cosmit Peak getting hit. Today I heard about how some of the residents on Cosmit fared:
Ed & Mo – Lost their DirecTV cable box, television, and telephone.
Martin – Lost his charge controller and telephone.
Stevensons – Generator’s electronics got fried.
I haven’t heard how Kathleen or the McDonalds fared. The McDonalds would have been the closest to the strike by far.
So… I’m REALLY REALLY glad we shut down as the storm approached.