Extended periods without power following recent hurricanes may spark a surge in demand for solar panels and batteries.
Inverse Innovation reports that traffic from hurricane-prone states to the Energy Sage website, which allows comparison shopping for solar, has increased. Inverse Innovation reports:
“Our website traffic from these states have increased dramatically,” says Vikram Aggarwal, CEO of EnergySage. “We thought these people would be reeling from the damage and traffic would actually slow down.”
The jump is part of a growing interest in solar, as communities seek to rebuild after a series of hurricanes over the past few months. Beyond the mainland United States, companies are jumping to install solar in Puerto Rico to get the power back online, while advocates point to the resilience of installations on the Turks and Caicos islands as a sign that solar could help.
The Bradenton Herald reports that its not just solar panels that are drawing more interest. According to the newspaper, solar batteries are also growing in popularity:
Solar customers have two options when installing panels on their homes: with or without battery backup. Both systems are still connected to the electric grid and both still can sell back excess electricity they generate back to the utility company. But if the electric grid is down and the customer doesn’t have a battery, which can cost several thousand dollars each, their power is effectively out, too.
This is because electricity follows the path of least resistance. If there’s nowhere for that solar-generated electricity to go, it’ll flow to the grid, which creates a potentially dangerous situation for the linemen fixing the issue.
“The interest in battery backup systems has been tremendous (since Irma),” (Brilliant Harvest Founder Bill) Johnson said.
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