As extreme weather caused by the climate crisis becomes the new normal, it is high time that we adopt an integrated energy strategy and solutions that are both resilient and sustainable.
In August 2021, Hurricane Ida resulted in power outages for around 1.2 million customers across eight states, according to situation reports from the U.S. Department of Energy. Similarly, more than 8 million people across 21 U.S. states went without power for weeks after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Even a minor storm can lead to severe outages in places like Puerto Rico, where electric grids are not strong enough. Whereas a larger storm will always result in prolonged power cutoffs.
Do you know, when the most of counties in the Bay Area were in dark due to PG&E Shut down, how some emergency stations remain a sturdy lifeline to surrounding homes, schools, and businesses? Self-sufficient! What was the thing which helps them survive?
Okay! First thing first! What would you do in case of a power outage by your utility? In response to power shutoffs, homeowners, businesses, and managers of critical facilities, such as city halls, fire stations, hospitals, and schools, purchased fossil fuel-powered backup generators. But diesel generators are really a solution? They are heavy polluters, noisy, expensive to operate, and non-reliable. Further, replenishing the supply of fuel is not always possible during an emergency.
Hurricane – resistant Solar and Battery Storage can help!
Microgrids consist of solar panels and batteries that offer backup power when the grid is down and can balance when, where, and how electricity is stored. When grid power is restored, microgrids can provide added value by delivering renewable energy and reducing stress on the grid. In short, you are going to build your own electricity to guarantee uninterrupted power for any purpose whether it is commercial, industrial, or even residential. Solar + Storage covers it all.
Without power, very soon the critical telecommunication lines go down which are vital to keeping communities safe and sheltered after a disaster. Moreover, medical services at hospitals deteriorate because dialysis machines and refrigerated medicines are put to a halt, which ultimately leads to loss of life. Further radiology departments are major energy consumers within a hospital. It isn’t very hard to guess that how much energy these CT and MRI scanners consume.
Financial support is granted to install solar and battery systems that can sustain the hospitals’ high energy demands and their consequential ability to provide uninterrupted medical services. Several Federal and State Incentives are there to help businesses and industries to install solar. Apart from the govt. subsidiaries, Staten Solar is ready to provide financial assistance in the form of PPA and many other options.
Schools are another hub for community resilience, where organizations like the American Red Cross help implement solar + storage systems. Subsequently, rural communities have also benefited from the stability of solar and battery-powered electricity, which now provides clean, running water for entire communities 24/7 through a microgrid.
You may have heard that energy storage is cost-prohibitive, which is not actually, but still installing solar so batteries can be added later can make the transition smooth when you are ready to make the investment.
By constructing your own microgrid, you are refusing to maintain the status quo of your dependence on the unreliable grid and it can be an example for many. Staten Solar is here to help you. Your requirement and our expertise can lead to energy independence to your home and your business as well.
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