In the latest example of power company monopolies dictating to homeowners what they can or cannot do on their own property, Florida Power & Light Company slapped down homeowners who had installed solar panels on their homes because they wanted to produce their own renewable energy at a fraction of the cost from their local energy provider. And to add insult to injury, FPL pressed the issue in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
It seems a law implemented by power company lobbying and big government forces prohibits Floridians who have solar panels from using them independently of their local energy provider. According to the Miami New Times, Floridians are required by law to connect their solar panel-powered homes to the standard electrical grid, and pointed out a section that mandates solar power systems be powered down along with the rest of the grid during an outage.
Powered down, you say? During an outage? I mean, isn't that why we install solar panels, in an attempt to produce independent power so as to be self-sufficient when the grid is at its weakest? I'm reminded of Groucho Marx's saying: "A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five."
The way this cockamamie law is written, solar customers are even required to install a