Resiliency: A Buzz Word in Solar for 2015

Resiliency: A Buzz Word in Solar for 2015

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As solar and wind become bigger contributors to utilities’ energy generation they're talking more and more about grid resiliency. Clean Energy Group just introduced two new reports to help cities become more resilient. 

Utilities have to precisely balance the amount of electricity on the grid with the amount of electricity that’s being used—even during extreme weather events like hurricanes. Failing to do that can damage the grid as well as appliances and result in brown outs or black outs and more. While solar and wind can be part of the problem, they’re also part of the solution. Particularly solar following extreme weather events like hurricanes, since it’s quick and easy to deploy in many critical situations and doesn’t require fuel, which can be hard to get to affected areas.

“Cities need to look at their critical facilities and decide how new, cleaner technologies can protect the elderly, the disabled and the poor from the devastating effects of severe weather,” said Lewis Milford, President of Clean Energy Group and co-author of these two reports. “We have proposed a plan of action for cities to take charge of this emerging problem. We also describe how the emerging technologies like solar and battery storage have revolutionized the kind of cleaner and more reliable solutions that can protect people in affordable housing, assisted living, schools and shelters.”

The new reports are What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning and Solar+Storage 101: An Introductory Guide to Resilient Power Systems. The first is focussed on strategies and investment plans to help cities prepare for sever weather events. The second is focussed on solar power and energy storage

The first report makes recommendations for how cities should prepare their electric resources for disasters. This includes who should be in charge of a disaster plan and implementing it, identifying the facilities that need the most protection in terms of energy (like hospitals, disaster centers, etc., determine the costs and technology options for those buildings, finding developers to carry out the projects and identifying financing options. 

The sister report on solar and energy storage helps project developers, building owners and managers as well as local officials understand solar systems that are partnered with energy storage systems. It includes a checklist to help users assess whether such a system is appropriate for their building.

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