Despite not sustaining a direct hit, Hurricane Dorian still left parts of Florida flooded and over 170,000 people without power. In the past, a single extreme weather event has left hundreds of thousands of people in Florida without power, in some cases for more than a week.
Hurricane season is here, and South Carolina is no stranger to the devastating impacts that natural disasters and extreme weather can have on communities.
Southeastern utilities have made headlines recently with plans to incorporate battery storage at solar installations across their service territories. It turns out that the communities they serve could greatly benefit from installing solar+storage as well.
As more people opt to receive medical care at home, access to resilient emergency backup power will need to be prioritized and made more accessible, especially to low-income households.
For the City of Boulder, a September 2013 flood emphasized the need for energy resilience as critical to providing emergency services. The city partnered with two leading nonprofit services providers to demonstrate how solar+storage systems can reliably support critical loads during an outage.
Members of CEG’s Resilient Power Project team traveled to Puerto Rico earlier this month to participate in a conference and meet with local solar+storage developers and nonprofit organizations.