electrical self relianceA darkened subway station during a widespread power outage, July 13, 2019, in New York. (MICHAEL OWENS / AP) https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/182/205/226/1563082277231.html

Extreme heat catalyzed the collapse of several power lines this past weekend. The outages were accompanied by fires and floods across America. As these forces worked in tandem, several electrical grids proved unable to support demand. In the midst of the following chaos, the need for mini grids and electrical self reliance becomes clear. Installing solar & clean energy storage systems is one of the best ways to generate your own electricity and achieve relative electrical self reliance.

This past weekend, 50,000 New Yorkers lost power during a dangerous heat wave. Con Edison intentionally cut off power to several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, leaving tens of thousands of people without access to their appliances: air conditioning, refrigeration, lighting, etc. Around 15,000 New Yorkers are still without power, forcing food waste, dangerous driving conditions in the absence of lights, and more collateral damage. Beyond New York, hundreds of thousands of people have been rendered powerless.

Power Outage in NYC

600,000 people lost power in Michigan, and as of Tuesday July 23, 80,000 are still without power in the Detroit Metro Area. Wisconsin suffered power outages so extreme that Gov. Tony Evers issued a state of emergency. In the D.C. Metro area, nearly 15,000 residents experienced power outages. Around 200,000 people in New Jersey lost power as well. 

These power outages were made more dangerous by the fact that from the Midwest to the Northeast, around 200 million people have been affected by the intense heat waves. The Baltimore heat index hit 122 degrees on Saturday, and other cities along the east coast, from Millinocket in Northern Maine to Tampa Bay in Florida, have reached record high temperatures. 

Power Outage In NYC

We believe in the power of resilient microgrids and clean energy generation. Throughout heat waves, fires, and floods, our solar canopies can help ensure electrical stability. Using solar energy helps you save money and the planet, and your ice cream which would otherwise melt in a power outage! Here at Brooklyn SolarWorks, we aim to extend to local homeowners the convenience, environmental impact and attractive financial return that solar ownership promises.

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