Re: â€śPut solar on every roof in state to hinder wildfiresâ€ť (Letter to the editor, Mercurynews.com, Nov. 6):
The letter-writer thinks that rooftop solar with wall-mounted batteries will reduce wildfires. I have had solar for years, but donâ€™t have enough west-facing rooftop to cover all my usage in the winter.
As I travel around town, I look at rooftops and see that many houses donâ€™t have rooflines suitable for mounting enough solar panels to meet their electric demand. Multi-story apartments and high-rise office buildings have even worse ratios of available roof area to electricity usage.
Further, the safety of wall-mounted batteries is still in question.
Small-scale solar with grid-level storage is a goal worth pursuing, but letâ€™s not fool ourselves into thinking that we can get there now.