Emergency Backup Solar Power
In the past two decades, non-disaster related electricity blackouts have increased by 124% in the US. The number and severity of natural disasters that have knocked out power have been on the rise as well. This shows the importance of protecting your home or business with emergency backup solar power, especially with the increasing dependence on technology-based systems.
Furthermore, emergency backup power is a critical need for residential and commercial energy users. SolMan units utilize quality, mostly American-Made components to provide reliable emergency backup solar power for a variety of situations.
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Emergency Backup Power Uses
What to do when the Power Goes Out?
Will you be able to keep critical appliances like your refrigerator, lights, TV, or computer powered during a blackout?
Check out our SolMan watt usage chart and sample emergency backup solar power usage chart to see if your energy needs fit with or can adapt to utilize the sustainable power of the SolMan.
This article was written by SolSolutions CEO Chaz Peling for Chris Martenson's Peak Prosperity economic news and disaster preparedness community website.
Alternatives to Gas Generators
Emergency backup power has historically been provided by gas generators, but now there are other alternatives. More environmentally friendly options like solar and battery backup UPS (uninterruptible power supply) are becoming available to the average consumer as technology innovation occurs and prices come down. The SolMan is one of these options and provides a quality, sustainable solution to emergency power needs.
SolMan generators power your critical needs during an emergency, whilst providing extra power to charge phones, flashlights, radios, laptops, etc. Our products are designed and built to last with quality, American made components by people who have lived off-grid and relied on the SolMan for most or all of their energy needs.
Emergency power is not just important in bad weather. Between 1991 and 1995 there were 41 non-disaster related blackouts that affected 50,000 utility customers or more. This number skyrocketed to 92 from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, the last year that full data for these large scale non-disaster blackouts is available, 36 total outages occurred. More recently, in 2014, less than a third of the total blackouts reported were due to weather-related disasters.
In the Pacific region of the US (which includes California), average electricity interruptions (not due to unplanned events like bad weather or fire) totaled 128 minutes per year. More densely populated areas like the New York and New Jersey region saw average yearly interruptions of nearly three hours.
As a whole, the US does not compare favorably with other advanced nations like Japan (four minutes per year average outages) for electricity reliability. In fact, the US endures more blackouts then any other developed nation according to an article in the International Business Times. The report also notes that the main cause of non-disaster related blackouts is from aging US infrastructure and minimal political planning to upgrade. This has led to over 500,000 people on average being affected daily by power outages in the US.
Many of these blackouts can be fueled by increasing energy usage, with electricity consumption per capita continually rising over the last 50 years, reaching 13,654kWh in 2008. Emergency power becomes a key need for residents and businesses in the US to lessen the costs of blackouts.
Increasing Natural Disaster Risk
The increasing blackout rates are only compounded by the rise in natural disasters that knock out power for extended periods of time. According to the International Disaster Database, the number of disasters reported worldwide has ballooned from around ten a year in the early 1900s to nearly 500 a year in the early 2000s (See Appendix 7). Further confirming this, 250 million people a year are affected by natural disasters which, according to Global Risk Forum President Walter Amman, have increased in both frequency and intensity over the last ten years.
In the US there have been some serious examples of natural disasters cutting power to millions. In 2003, 50 million people were without power due to extreme heat which spiked usage rates, the largest ever blackout in the US. Hurricane Katrina knocked out power to 1.7 million people for weeks in 2005.
2011 saw even more blackouts, with Hurricane Irene causing over five million outages, an October snowstorm cutting power to over three million for as long as a week and December Santa Ana winds killing the lights for 643,000 in Southern California.
In fact, total blackouts in the US rose significantly from 2,169 in 2008 to 3,634 in 2014, with a peak of 41.8 million people affected by them in the disastrous 2011. Power outages from weather also affected SolSolutions’ local customer base the most, with 525 such blackouts hitting California during that same time span, the most of any state by far.
Across the world, emergency power has become a key topic for global business forums, governments, and international organizations to mitigate the effects of natural disasters.
Access to Energy in Disasters
The uptick in both non-disaster and disaster-related blackouts have pushed demand for emergency backup solar power. With limited energy options, emergency power has historically been provided by gas generators.
However, recent feedback from SolSolutions' customers highlighted the fact that during blackout events like the October 2011 Northeast snowstorm and 2014 hurricanes, access to fuel and gas generators become limited as demand soared.
A 2013 tornado in Oklahoma knocked out power to thousands of people-- Gayron Allen, Lowes manager in Norman had this to say when asked about gas generator availability at his store during the tornado blackout, “We do carry generators, but at this time we are sold out.”
Naturally, as demand increases, so do prices, but sometimes these rises are doctored. During a 2011 infrastructure-related blackout in the greater San Diego region, active gas stations were accused of price-gouging customers, with one station’s prices going form $3.69/gallon to $4.99/gallon while customers were waiting in line.
Emphasis is squarely placed on disaster preparedness to limit outage costs. With limited reliability for fuel based generators when demand is high, emergency power systems that incorporate an alternative energy source not linked to the grid or dependent on gas becomes necessary. Volatile gas prices during emergencies only increase the need to plan with alternative power options, either as a main or supplemental electricity source.
Monetary Costs Associated with Blackout
A 2006 heat-related blackout in Queens, New York that lasted nine days was estimated to cost $188 million to the community.
The cost broke down into a price tag of $77 million for residents (based on personal, housing and medical expenses) and $116 million for businesses.
Based on these numbers, blackouts cost residents $49.17 and businesses $687.61 a day (See Table 1).
This gives a nice look at the average costs associated with blackouts on a per day basis. These figures can only be expected to rise as both groups continue to increase their usage of and dependence on technology.
Regarding the projections of these numbers to other markets, the cost could be lower for businesses in areas with less population, depending on the consumer base size for the firm and the cost per item/service not sold.
However, for residents in rural areas, these costs can be higher due to increased commuting times for emergencies and to reach shops and/or locations with electricity. Furthermore, the increase in natural events has only led to higher costs.
Overall, weather-related disasters for the turbulent 2011 caused a record $52 billion in damages.
Information retrieved via Laermer, “Study Details Cost of ‘06 Blackout” and US Census Bureau, “Queens County Quick Facts.” 2010.
Emergency Power from the SolMan
The portable solar generators from SolSolutions are an easy plug and play solutions for continuous emergency backup solar power.
The SolMan generators supply uninterrupted solar backup power for a variety of household and emergency appliances including lights, computers, televisions, mobile and cordless phones, radios, water pumps, sun pumps, refrigerators, freezers, fish tanks, home alarm systems, security cameras, garage door openers, and other home electronics.
SolMan Emergency Backup Solar Testimonial
"I just wanted to write to you and say thank you for such a wonderful product! I purchased a SolMan mobile solar generator in May 2011. I purchased it only for emergency use. Little did I know that this wonderful unit would sit idle in my garage for 5 years before I had the chance to use it!
"After I purchased the unit you were very understanding at answering all my novice questions. Thank you. You mentioned to me to just keep it plugged in to keep the battery's topped off, and I did.
"So this July 2016, we experienced a major power outage that went from Jackson, Wy to Idaho to Montana! My wife was very concerned about our freezers and refrigerator and our 60-gallon fish tank. It was going on four hours before I got home and I texted her not to worry because we have the SolMan in the garage. I was banking on the unit to perform. So when I got home, I ran extension cords off the back of the unit to the freezers, refrigerator and the fish tank. Perfect! The bubbles filled the tank, the lights came on inside the freezers and I had our cell phones and Ipads charging within 15 mins!
"And that was just on stored battery power, no sun on the panels. I couldn't wait till it got dark and unplug the freezers for the night and turn on my lamps and look over at all my neighbors burning candles for light. However, the power came back on before that.
"The best investment to make if your serious about keeping your family safe in an emergency is to purchase a SOLMAN! My family and I Thank you!"
-Brian Parker, Jackson, Wy.
The SolMan portable solar generator can also function as a key component of a hybrid energy system that will provide emergency backup power for firms or homes. The SolMan and a gas generator are a powerful combination to guarantee power for your essential needs.
Drawing heavy energy loads, or not enough sun to keep up with your energy usage?
Simply plug a gas generator into the SolMan for super fast battery recharging. Use your SolMan most of the time for low to average electric uses, but if you need higher electrical output and your batteries are depleted a gas generator can provide supplemental power and recharge your SolMan faster than the sun.