At FPL, safety is always our #1 priority. Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they also can be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire.
Fixed, installed generators
Portable, gasoline-powered generators
Tip: Refrigerators may only need to run a few hours a day to preserve food. Try to maintain 40 degrees in the refrigerator compartment and zero degrees in the freezer.
If your home or business has a private solar system (such as rooftop solar panels), it may be possible to operate your system during a power outage as long as it is equipped with supplemental equipment.
Private solar systems are designed to automatically disconnect from the grid in the event of a power outage. This nationally recognized safety standard protects crews restoring the grid from being electrocuted. However, a private solar system that is not connected to the grid can still operate with the right equipment – such as a battery.
While Floridians are not mandated by law to connect solar panels to the power grid, many customers choose to do so as a way to sell excess power generated by their systems back to the electric company – a program known as net metering. Connecting to the grid also enables a customer to purchase power from the FPL grid during times when they need more electricity than their solar panels are producing, such as on cloudy days or at night. In a sense, the grid serves as a “backup” for the private solar system.
FPL works closely with customers and their solar installers to ensure safe grid interconnections for private generation systems.
For additional information, visit this website and consult with your solar installer or electrician to determine your system’s capabilities.