In the wake of destruction left by Hurricane Michael, solar power is ready to help with recovery efforts. EcoPOWER said that it is offering its off-grid solar lighting systems to help with recovery efforts, providing essential services to help locals, first responders, volunteers and aid workers in the recovery.
Solar power is one of the quickest ways to deploy reliable electric generation in the wake of a disaster like a hurricane or tornado. Unlike other electric generating sources solar power doesn’t rely on importing fuel to power generators and most systems are mobile, allowing them to be moved as needed. They can also provide a bevy of important services.
"We can provide light, security, WiFi and TeleComm off-grid power stations in days to the most devastated of areas,” explained Brian Webber, EcoPOWER president.
The company said that several hundred of its off-grid solar lighting systems are ready to aid in the recovery effort. The company said that its emergency response team and logistics and supply chain specialists are ready to help with the recovery effort. EcoPOWER added that more than 10 of its partner manufactures are also preparing to supply hundreds, if not thousands, of poles, solar panels, lights, controllers, and battery assemblies to the hardest hit areas of Florida.
"We are ready to go and are contacting FEMA, the Governor's Office and FLP (Florida Light & Power) in order to assist where possible during this tragic time,” said Martin Troughton, EcoPower vice president. "Our team of engineers and OEMs are ready to provide quick install direct sink poles, expert ground personnel, solar lighting and off-grid power stations to assist Floridians in rebuilding. We have the resources available, hundreds of units in reserve, and a team of experts ready for deployment.”
In recent years solar power has showed off its muscle as a potent tool for aiding disaster recovery. It’s becoming an essential part of the recovery efforts in reenergizing Puerto Rico’s electric grid, for instance. But solar was also critical in the wake of earthquakes like the one that struck in Haiti years ago.
Off-grid solar systems are essential to recovery efforts because they can supply power to ensure communications services and charge devices as well as refrigeration units. By providing charging capabilities they can help residents and first respondents connect with each other and help those looking for family and loved ones connect. By providing refrigeration services, they can help keep essential medicines cold for those who need them.
It should also be noted that solar and wind power systems can be designed to operate even if parts of them sustain damage and can operate while other parts are being fixed. As opposed to coal or natural gas plants, which often require more timely and expensive extensive inspection and repairs to ensure they can safely return to operation. In the wake of Hurricane Florence, for example, GTM reported that wind and solar farms as well as rooftop solar systems were able to come back online within days of the catastrophe.Tweet