Use Mobile Solar to Prepare for Power Outages

Mobile solar applications can help meet your power needs if you are affected by strong storms, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

For emergencies that are more of a man-made nature — widespread power grid failure or civil disorder, for example — this type of alternative power source can be invaluable for keeping you and your family safe and comfortable.

Emergency Lighting and Communication

When the power goes out, emergency lighting is a top priority. Homes and businesses, of course, need lighting, but power also is needed to provide light to emergency operations centers and roadways.

A variety of portable solar lighting options is available to meet individual and community needs. Small personal lights, such as LED solar-powered flashlights and lanterns, can be used inside or outside. Large-scale portable photovoltaic systems can be used for lighting at mass care points and emergency shelters.

While cell phone service and Wi-Fi communications may not go down with every power outage, it can happen, as seen in the case of this summer’s wildfires in California. Communities can use mobile solar devices, including changeable message signs and highway advisory radios, to convey important information and to manage traffic in an emergency situation. Portable solar communication repeaters can be used to extend the range of hand-held radios.

Mobile Solar Arrays and Laminates for Vehicles

Although photovoltaic power may not yet be a viable solution for powering vehicles, mobile solar can be effectively used to power the electronics inside the vehicle. Police, fire and emergency medical service vehicles installed with rooftop arrays or laminates can easily be used to coordinate response and recovery operations in an outage because their captured solar energy can power laptops, lights and radios, and charge other necessary electronic devices.

Portable Solar Generators

Portable solar generators are perhaps the most useful mobile solar application in a power outage. A variety of sizes and configurations are available, from smaller 100-watt generators that can power some electronics, appliances and lights, to generators as large as 4 kilowatts.

Generators designed for large-scale use are ideal for emergency operations and outages following a natural disaster, as they are easy to transport to triage or treatment points and shelters. Large generators can provide abundant electrical power, running critical devices, equipment, lighting and machinery, and even powering water pumps.

Portable solar applications can provide a dependable source of electrical power to homes, businesses and communities when the power goes out. With photovoltaic power, electricity is always readily available.

If you are interested in learning more about any type of solar application, or if you would like more information on commercial or residential photovoltaic panel systems, schedule a consultation with the experienced professionals at Intermountain Wind and Solar today and learn more about the right mobile solar technology for your needs.

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