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Will solar panels work after an EMP?
An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a burst of electromagnetic energy. Like any magnetic field it’s invisible, but if it’s powerful enough it can knock out electronics or even the power grid. This happens because a moving magnetic field can generate an electrical current in a conductive wire. In fact, this is how a generator works. If you take a really big moving magnetic field and apply it to a really big wire - such as the transmission wires of the electrical grid - the resulting surge of electricity could be large enough to cause widespread damage to power plants, electrical substations, and other major infrastructure.
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Can solar panels interfere with WiFi, TV, or cell phone reception?
It’s pretty darn annoying when the electronics in your life start glitching. Are you having trouble with one of your devices? Have you tried turning the thing off and then on? That usually fixes it for me. But if that doesn’t work, it’s time to track down the source of the problem. If you’re talking about a device that relies on receiving a remote signal, whether that signal is wired or wireless, electromagnetic interference (EMI) is problem that can sometimes occur.
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Do solar panels increase the risk of a lightning strike?
There’s a lot of myths when it comes to lightning, such as lightning never striking the same place twice, or that using an umbrella in a storm puts you at greater risk of being hit by lightning. It’s understandable: lightning is a mysterious force of nature to many, and it’s also destructive, causing over $1 billion in property damage in the United States every year. When it comes to solar panels, there’s one persistent myth, which is that putting solar panels on your home can actually attract lightning to your home.
Do solar panels cause cancer?
One of the stranger myths about solar panels is that they cause cancer. The reasons given is that solar panels leak toxins or emit dangerous radiation. Neither of these are true. Solar panels do not cause cancer. A solar array doesn’t emit any more RF radiation than the electrical wires already in your home do. In any case, there is no established connection between non-ionizing RF radiation and cancer. Also, the electricity generated by solar panels is direct current (DC), which doesn’t generate electromagnetic fields like AC-carrying wires do.