Here’s a potential downside to solar panels that I haven’t seen anybody mention before:
A lighting strike likely caused a fire that broke out in a home on Winnisimet Drive Monday night, according to a fire official. …
“It struck the outside of the building,” said [Fire Chief Joseph] Mollo. “The home had a solar system and it looked like that may have somehow drawn the lighting.”
If this is more than a fluke, perhaps lightning rods of some kind should be standard accessories. The next step would be to tie them into the system, somehow, to capture the energy.