- Mar 14, 2022 5:59 pm GMT
More people are going off-grid but it comes as no surprise to PG&E. The utility said homeowners in rural areas have always been more likely to go off the grid because extending power lines over long distances simply costs more. The cost to install solar panels and batteries has come down drastically in price making it possible for more residents to make the switch. However, some experts say too many going completely off-grid could not only hurt utilities but hinder the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as well. Is the off-grid trend growing fast enough to be a concern for utilities? Especially companies looking to reduce their reliance on fossils fuels by using energy being sent back to the grid from residential renewables?