Posted on January 11, 2018 by Ryan Brown | 0 Comments
Last month I got an email of the kind I’m getting more and more often. It came from a single woman, MB, who just moved from the city to a village in rural Canada and she doesn’t trust the electricity supply. “I need some sort of electric backup system in the event the grid goes down,” she told me.
“What should I get?” People both in the country and city seem to be more interested in taking greater personal responsibility for their own energy security these days, and I recommend one of two options.
The simplest and most powerful go-to choice for backup electricity is a fuel-powered generator. Prices are cheaper than ever, and reliability and features are amazing these days. You can get a small inverter generator for very quiet, economical portable operation of a few basics, or a big stationary backup generator that kicks in automatically to power your whole home whenever the grid goes down. Generator technology is excellent and exceptionally reliable, except for one thing. What happens if you’re hit with a very long-term power outage?
Damaging winds, storms and ice can and do cut power for hours or even days. The legendary ice storm of 1998 kept parts of eastern North America dark and cold for about two weeks in the middle of winter. Even in this case, homeowners with generators could still buy gasoline and motor oil to keep their systems going and their homes at least partially operational.
Sources of fuel might not have been convenient or local, but keeping stocked with fuel was possible. Not necessarily so with a power failure that lasts beyond a few weeks or even months, or involves large areas at once. Gas stations will eventually run low on supplies, and the shortages could extend far and wide depending on the extent of the outage. Could something like this really happen? Yes, it could.
The fear of a very long-term power failure as well as the reluctance to own, store, service and use fuel-burning generators is the main reason people are interested in an up-and-coming energy technology called solar generators.
Imagine a portable unit that converts sunlight into electricity stored in a battery. This electricity then gets converted into a form that can power the appliances, chargers and entertainment equipment that normally plug into a wall. No gasoline, no noise and no oil to change are the advantages over fuel-burning generators.
If you’re thinking of buying a ready-made unit, or wondering about the circumstances that might lead to a long-term power failure, visit www.PortableSolarPower.Biz for the more info.