When The Christian Science Monitor reporter David J. Unger contacted me to discuss how my home’s solar PV system was affected by Sandy, I was more than happy to share my story as I am sure it is not unique. I believe I am not alone in my multi-faceted dilemma: how to bring my solar system to the next level, how to secure my home against the next power outage, and how to raise my stakes in combating climate change.
All these questions seem to lead me down one road – solar energy storage/battery back up. Having the ability to store my power and use it in a time of need without support of a (dirty) gas generator would be the ultimate solution.
I am currently in this voyage of exploration both personally and professionally. Here at EcoOutfitters.net, we have plans to build out a future #SolarChat on this topic and are hoping OutBack Power (mentioned in the article) will be one of our expert panelists (stay tuned).
Needless to say, David’s article on the growing technology of using solar batteries as the next “green” movement couldn’t be more timely.
When superstorm Sandy barreled into Long Island last October, it flooded Raina Brett Russo’s home.
“Basically, the ocean and the bay came together in my living room,” Ms. Russo says. “It hit us really hard.”
The basement and first floor were underwater, three cars were flooded, and to the amazement of her neighbors, the power did not come back on any sooner than theirs. With 10.4 kilowatts’ worth of solar panels bolted to her roof and undamaged, shouldn’t the Russo house have been an oasis of light and power?
Not quite. Like most solar installations today, Russo’s panels are connected to, and reliant on, the broader energy infrastructure. When the grid fails, most residential solar panels also fail. But that’s beginning to change. The next evolution of home solar will be not in the panels that create energy, experts say, but in the batteries that can store it.