PG&E, the electric company that controls most of Northern California's energy grid, shut off power to close to 1 million customers this past November. The blackouts were on purpose as PG&E was afraid that aging power lines and energy infrastructure could exacerbate the wildfire problem we have here in California. The outages made local headlines and are likely to continue as experts pretty much agree all around, wildfires in California are going to become more severe and more frequent as we move forward.
So what can you do to help lessen the chances of wildfires as well as keep the lights on? The answer is a solar energy system installed by Got Watts Electric! These systems can not only keep your power running during any blackout, but my producing your power, we can lessen the amount of energy being transferred over conventional power-lines, thus reducing the wildfire risk. This is particularly true for consumers residing on the edges of the electric grid, where electrical infrastructure has the tendencey to be less maintained and more likely to spark.
Some local communities are even considering the possibility of joining together many home and business solar power systems to create microgrids — parallel power systems that can keep areas electrified even when the primary grid is inoperative. The business community is especially interested in this as a way to better prepare businesses — like warehouses and data centers — for wildfires and other natural disasters.
For more information on home solar power systems, please contact Got Watts Electric!