It may be beneficial to contact your home insurance company and your local fire department to verify any additional safety concerns.
During maintenance or outages, Avista crews require a visible disconnect from generation sources. The visible disconnect is important because generators could cause back feed on the power lines. Back feed is when your system generates electricity outwards during an electrical outage. Back feed can create a dangerous situation for our workers and the public. A blade disconnect is useful during maintenance on either Avista's system or your own facilities to isolate them from each other. If a blade disconnect is not available to isolate the facilities, pulling the meter will be required. Avista will perform testing to verify the generation system will not continue to operate and cause back feed during loss of utility power. The testing is conducted on site during meter installation.
In brief, blade disconnects installed on distributed generation systems provide the following benefits:
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