Darker days could be ahead this summer. Indiana’s power grid is in the “high risk” category for energy emergencies and rolling blackouts for the first time ever. This means the area could see power shortages throughout July and beyond. So how do you keep the lights on this summer? Forget flashlights and candles…you can keep the lights on using solar energy solutions from Green Alternatives.
Owner of Jackson’s Nursery in Greensburg, IN, Rhonda Jackson, invested in solar panels and an emergency backup generator in 2016. With the risk of blackouts now on the rise in Indiana, she is confident in her decision and her ability to keep her business running, even in a blackout. If you want the same confidence, there are a few things you should know.
What causes a blackout?
Rolling blackouts are typically a direct result of climate change or natural disasters. As temperatures go up, so do our thermostats and use of electricity. This creates a higher demand and a higher peak which puts a strain on the electrical grid. In severe cases, blackouts can last for days and present life-threatening conditions for people left without power in dangerous weather.
Benefits of Solar
There are many benefits of going solar, but a few include the impact on the environment, protection against energy inflation, and of course, a source of energy in the case of an energy emergency. Using solar energy reduces your carbon footprint and protects you from increases in electricity costs. Solar energy systems produce energy…even in a blackout.
Using Solar In a Blackout
Like we said, solar panels continue producing energy in a blackout. However, solar panels alone aren’t enough to keep the lights on; you’ll need backup battery storage or to be off the grid in order to stay powered through an outage. Both options are worth the investment in order to keep yourself and your business or home secure and up and and running at all times…just ask Rhonda Jackson.
At Green Alternatives, your safety and comfort is our top priority. We make sure your lights stay on when the grid goes out with solar energy. For those who can’t afford solar energy just yet, conservation is the best way to avoid a blackout. And when you are ready, we’re here for you! For questions on our service contracts or about solar energy, call us at 765-480-2423, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.