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Solar Power Stayed On as Hurricane Ian Knocked Lights Out Across Florida

Jennifer Hiller of The Wall Street Journal reports that solar power kept the lights on for some homes during Hurricane Ian.

The C3 Take
  • In one neighborhood south of Tampa, 37 new homes with utility rooftop solar and new batteries kept their power through Ian.
  • As the grid shut down these homes ran on the energy that their batteries had stored.
  • While this is a small sample size, equipping more homes with solar panels and battery storage could help mitigate the damage from future natural disasters.

“Solar paired with storage fared relatively well during Hurricane Ida in Louisiana in September 2021, including at a 50-unit affordable apartment building that kept power as the storm knocked out transmission lines carrying electricity into New Orleans.”

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