If I have a grid-tied system, will I lose power in a black-out?

Grid-tied solar systems are required to have a built-in shut down mechanism in the event of a power outage. Although a power outage may seem like the perfect time to be self-generating your own power, you must understand if you are generating power you could be sending electricity back to the grid and risking the lives of anyone working on the lines trying to restore power. Additionally, it is vital in the event of a fire and power loss, the fireman can be assured the solar array is not producing electricity as they are doing their job.