Due to precautionary blackouts imposed this week by the California public utility PG&E, more than 800,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area have been stuck in the dark – nearly 500,000 of which have been without power for more than two days.
The U.S. has one of the highest standards of living in the world and yet, even here, the utility grid continues to show severe vulnerabilities.
We’ve written about blackouts before — we’re well aware that the problem is getting worse and it’s affecting more and more people every year.
It’s not just a matter of “toughing it out.” Today’s economy is powered by millions of people who work from home and are unable to do so without power. Senior citizens may be unable to leave the house when everything in their refrigerator spoils. Those with special medical needs require power for medicine and equipment. Families with young children can’t use fans to keep cool in the extreme heat. These are just a few of the real-life problems people face with prolonged outages.
Thankfully, power is starting to be restored in some areas of California. But if you’ve been affected by this outage, you know how hard it’s been, and you may be asking yourself: how can I protect myself from the next blackout?
In the event of a grid failure like the ones this week, safety regulations require that home solar power systems shut down to prevent sending power back into the offline grid. So, what’s the answer? A battery energy storage system can store your solar energy and provide much-needed backup power when the grid goes down.
Enphase Storage is an advanced battery energy storage system that provides homeowners with true grid independence. This innovative technology pairs with home solar systems to provide you with seamless and continuous backup power when the grid goes out.
Want to protect your home from blackouts? Try our System Estimator Tool to design your own Enphase Storage system or contact us for a detailed consultation.