Science Energy Reason for Rooftop Solar #419: Ice Storms By Shea Gunther Writer University of New Hampshire Rochester Institute of Technology University of Southern Maine Shea Gunther is a writer, entrepreneur, and podcaster living in Portland, Maine. He covers topics such as renewable energy, climate change, and nature. our editorial process Shea Gunther Updated December 31, 2019 Solar panels could keep houses working during certain weather conditions. (Photo: Montgomery County Planning Commission [CC by SA-2.0]/Flickr) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Energy Renewable Energy Fossil Fuels Kentucky just got walloped by a deadly ice storm. Up to a million homes lost power when thick coatings of ice wreaked havoc on power lines. If most houses in Kentucky had solar panels and/or wind turbines, people wouldn't be forced to flee their freezing homes or sit huddled under blankets all day in cold bedrooms. They wouldn't die from carbon monoxide poisoning from diesel powered generators. If we all had solar panels, the locally generated power would keep heating systems running and lights on. And instead of being stuck in the middle of a statewide emergency, everyone would just be unable to run the dryer for a day or two.