Can Rewiring the Home for DC Power Increase Solar Adoption?

AC/DC evidently can just get along, long after Thomas Edison and Nikolai Tesla’s bitter war over standards favoring alternating current (AC) vs. direct current (DC) electricity in the early 20th century. Inside our solar homes, businesses and universities, to be exact.

That’s the plan and the party line for the public-private EMerge Alliance, whose DC Power Initiative to integrate solar DC power into the national infrastructure is now open for business.

“I wouldn’t give up my seat in the arena of electrical history just yet, as the battle of the currents is about to enter into its next round,” EMerge Alliance Chairman Brian Patterson told me. “Team Edison is making a comeback and this time the odds look strongly in their favor.”