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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Whitt

Hedge Against Hurricanes & Natural Disasters With Solar

Solar power is not just a way to provide electricity to your home. It can also be used to help with storms and natural disasters. The power grid is an essential part of every society and when it goes down, the consequences are devastating. But with solar, we can make sure that our power grid is more resilient to storms and natural disasters. Many people believe that solar energy is a sustainable solution for natural disasters. Solar panels have the ability to store energy which means that they can provide electricity even when there's no sun or when the power grid goes down during a storm .

The power grid is vulnerable to storms, so solar energy can be used as an alternative source of power that will not go down when there is a storm or natural disaster. Solar panels are also resilient against extreme weather conditions, which means they won't break in the event of a hurricane or other storm.

In the event of a power outage, solar panels can provide electricity for basic needs such as cooking and lighting. The panels will recharge during the day and continue providing power at night while most people are asleep. Some examples are as follows:

-The renewables-dependent “solar town” Babcock Ranch “endured Hurricane Ian with no loss of power and minimal damage,” CNN reported Sunday; days later, thousands of other Floridians are still enduring both.

-Puerto Ricans who had privately installed solar panels on the roofs of their homes and businesses retained power access while the island’s erratic grid collapsed after Hurricane Fiona. (The local government is now going ahead with a plan to install even more solar-power capacity.)

-Residential solar panels in California were obscured by smoke and cloud cover during the summer spate of wildfires, heavy rainstorms, and heat waves, but the amount of energy that existing panels had generated for battery-storage systems provided residents with days’ worth of power in the face of blackout scares.

-In Oregon, the nonprofit Energy Trust noted that solar microgrids allowed hundreds of homes in wildfire-prone areas to maintain electricity access while the state cut off power from the main grid, in order to reduce the risk of blazes resulting from weather-sensitive utility equipment.

-When Texas faced the risk of June blackouts thanks to record energy demand, wind and solar ended up providing one-third of the state’s power, the Dallas Morning News reported, thus lessening pressure on the local grid.

Use of decentralized, localized microgrids and power systems can aid entire communities even when a state or city’s central grid fails. (Don’t forget: batteries, batteries, batteries.) Newer panels on the market have been engineered to stave off harmful effects of snow, rain, earthquakes, and extreme heat—and to last much longer while generating more energy overall.

Want to storm-proof your homes energy? Contact the G3 team now and we will hold your hand through the entire process.

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