How to Avoid PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff Program

“Power companies have two jobs: Keep the lights on and don’t kill your customers. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. of Northern California flunks on both counts.”


This opinion column’s opening line sums up how many Bay Area residents feel about PG&E after we were left in the dark this October. Statements from PG&E, like the one confirming that the Public Safety Power Shutoff program could continue for a decade, aren’t helping. To make matters even worse, PG&E’s communication about the forced blackouts has left many frustrated. 

Here’s how you can avoid PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff program for years (even decades) to come.

Avoid PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff Program

For those of us in northern California, electricity is a basic need. Only a very small minority would go without power if they had the choice. Because we need power, we feel negatively about PG&E’s shutoffs, especially because the shutoffs come from a history of poor planning and poor infrastructure management. Or we may try to take a more positive view of this situation that is out of our hands, thinking of the shutoffs as a necessary step towards the future, and a chance to disconnect. After this past October, two things are sure: we’ve understood how much we rely on electricity, and we know that power is only as reliable as the source from which it comes.

The Bay Area is one of the sunniest regions in the entire country, and the sunlight that we get can be converted into the electricity that we need to power our lives. That’s why there is truly no time like the present to switch to solar power. With a battery backup in conjunction with your solar array, you can be free of the hassles of PG&E’s shutoffs. Some Bay Area residents have already made the switch and have benefitted by not only maintaining power at all times, but also saving huge amounts of money on their energy bills! 

Go Solar to Avoid PG&E’s Blackouts (and Get Tax Credit for It!)

Synergy Power has installed reliable solar arrays since 2005, helping customers save money on their electricity bills – and gradually own their personal power source. We can install solar panels with a battery backup in your home or business. This will allow you to stay up and running at all times, even if the electricity provider puts your neighbors in the dark.

Installations completed before December 31 of this year are also eligible for a 30% tax credit! Get in touch with us now to see how solar power can improve your home or business, saving you money and frustration.

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