Thinking about what to do when the power is shut down due to high fire conditions? This fall (2019) I upgraded my solar system with battery backup and new solar panels. It was expensive, so it was imperative that I fully research the options and try to spend my money wisely. Even though I did all that, there were surprises. When I finished, I wrote a document explaining the many considerations I had to make before, during and after this project.
The Solar_Manual includes a description of the system I installed, kinds of status monitoring you should expect, how to specify the system to installers, pitfalls you should be aware of, and tax incentives that are available. I am hoping that this document will make it a bit easier for those contemplating the installation of a solar/battery backup system.