As summer begins, wildfire season is back again in California. California’s dry weather conditions contribute to the spark in widespread wildfires in the state. The strong winds that also come during the summer season, alongside low humidity and exceptional drought conditions, continue to contribute to the wide-spread wildfires that are devastating the state. As strong winds pick up, PG&E results in cutting off power to customers to prevent sparking wildfires. These wind-driven blackouts, known as public safety power shut-offs, are precautions relied on by PG&E after its power lines ignited a series of wildfires in 2017 and 2018. PG&E said it is likely to cut power to customers more than last year with the increase of seasonal winds and dry California weather conditions. This means more customers are likely to be left in the dark this wildfire season.
When there is a power failure, we have no air-conditioning or heat, and no hot water. We rarely use pilot lights and landlines, resulting in our electricity-intensive society needing backup power more than ever. With a quality solar system and back up storage, you can reassure that you will have power for your home and family during the next foreseeable blackout and PG&E power shutoff. A home battery backup system consists of a battery and controller run by intelligent software to enhance charge and dissemination of stored power. The system connects directly to your home’s electrical system. In the event of a power shut-off, an energy storage system acts as a microgrid controller, aligning with the solar PV system to resume production. This creates a backup power source that is also accessible in the event of a short or long duration power outage. The other benefits of having solar power plus a home battery backup system is running appliances and air conditioning guilt fees. You can also lock in low electric rates and even sell power back to the utility company in cases that your home produces unused excess.
Additionally, the Federal Tax Credit was extended at 26% and is not confirmed to be re-extended, so you want to take advantage of these incentives as soon as possible. These solar plus storage systems qualify for federal tax credits and significant rebates, covering up to 50% of the system cost. Act now and prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. Visit www.engage.solar to learn more about how get started.
Shelly Cornelius, Marketing Manager for ENACT Systems Inc.
Angelica Cornejo, Communications Intern for ENACT Systems Inc.