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SDG&E pushes for smart inverters on solar generators

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego Gas and Electric says more and more homes and business are going solar in San Diego county every month.

Now, the utility is pushing for the installation of a special device known as a "smart inverter" in each solar facility to ensure a smooth transition onto the electric grid. But what exactly does a smart inverter do?

"These smart inverters will help us ensure that we have the right voltage levels, that we have a smooth integration with the grid and that these can ride through disturbances very similar to what other power plants can do on the system right now," SDG&E President and COO Mike Niggli said.

SDG&E says there are currently more than 26,000 homes and businesses that have solar panels on their roofs across the county.

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