They thought solar panels would protect them in blackouts. They were wrong.

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When California’s biggest utility announced they would be shutting off electricity to 800,000 residents due to high winds, many liberals smugly reacted by telling them “you should have gotten solar panels.”

But the thousands of Californians who spent tens of thousands of dollars to make theirs homes “solar powered” are now learning they’ll be in the dark, too.

“That’s because most panels are designed to supply power to the grid — not directly to houses,” Bloomberg news explains. “During the heat of the day, solar systems can crank out more juice than a home can handle. Conversely, they don’t produce power at all at night. So systems are tied into the grid, and the vast majority aren’t working this week as PG&E Corp. cuts power to much of Northern California to prevent wildfires.”

Yes, solar panels on homes send electricity to the utility, not the house itself. That means the utility’s power goes out, so does yours.

That means that not only is it too windy to get wind power, the sun doesn’t work either. And as for in the snow – as will happen as we enter the next Ice Age.

The only people still with power are those who can afford both solar panels and personal battery systems.