In times of crisis, solar can be there when you need it most
As wildfires stirred and boiled across the state, about 940,000 California customers were set to lose their power in a planned outage by the Pacific Gas and Electric utility.
The reason? The utility said the shutoff was a public safety move to prevent sparks from their grid adding to the intensity of the fire. That’s a well-founded fear — as reported by NPR, state investigators have pointed to PG&E power lines as the cause of last year’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in state history. PG&E was forced to declare bankruptcy after last year’s fires, and public leaders like California Gov. Gavin Newsom have blasted the company for not updating their infrastructure. Just before the sweeping round of shutoffs, Newsom said the outage’s public impact is “unacceptable” and called for the state to “hold (the utility) accountable.”
Needless to say, the present and future of the utility service are looking messy. And, sadly, it seems California residents will bear the costs one way or another.
But what if they could cut their dependency on the utilities?
That’s the goal of solar energy, and it’s the reality of what we’re working toward here at Complete Solar. The future of energy will be smarter, faster and more tailored to the needs of the consumer than anything we have today — that’s more a matter of necessity than anything else, as demonstrated by what’s happening now in California. While those 940,000 customers will have lost power, NPR estimated ahead of time that, “over the course of two to three days, the shutoffs could leave more than 2.5 million people in the dark.”
That kind of blackout is historic in its scope and nature, but, if anything, it could be an unfortunate sign of things to come. As climate patterns shift and wildfire season gets longer and more intense, disaster-related outages could be the new norm in many regions of the U.S.
We think emergencies should not be made worse by rolling blackouts, which is why we’re working to put the power back in the hands of the people who need it most. If you want to do the same, give us a call or contact us online.