Month: March 2015
Ever notice an obvious solution to a problem that nobody else seems to have picked up on? That’s what happened in Florida in 2012 when the Florida Solar Energy Center, working closely with the state energy office, began a program to equip public schools designated as community hurricane shelters with resilient solar+storage systems.
When considering critical infrastructure for resilient power solutions, states and cities often tend to focus on the usual suspects: public shelters, medical facilities, transportation hubs, fueling stations, first responders, emergency management facilities.
The emergence of solar power in the last decade has been impressive, with accelerating scale up and reduced costs.
Every city should have a resilient power plan for critical public and private facilities to keep the lights on, the communication systems running, and emergency services operational when the grid goes down.