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Emergency Backup Power
In the past two decades, non-disaster related electricity blackouts have increased by 124% in the US[i]. This stat shows the importance of protecting your home or business with emergency backup 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 utilizes quality, mostly American-Made components to provide reliable solar power for emergency situations.
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 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. 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 backup power is not just important in bad weather. Between 1991 and 1995, non-disaster related blackouts that affected 50,000 customers or more numbered 41[ii]. This figure increased to 92 from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, the last year that full data is available, 36 total outages occurred.
In the Pacific region of the US (which includes California), average electricity interruptions not due to unplanned events like bad weather or fire totaled 12 minutes per year[iii]. More densely populated areas like the New York/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. 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[iv]. Emergency power becomes a key need for residents and businesses in the US to lessen the costs of blackouts.
Increasing Natural Disaster Risk
These numbers are further compounded by the increasing incidence of large disasters that knock out power for extended periods of time in the US. In 2003, 50 million people were without power due to extreme heat which spiked usage rates, the largest ever blackout in the US[v]. Hurricane Katrina knocked out power to 1.7 million people for weeks in 2005[vi].
2011 saw even more blackouts, with Hurricane Irene causing over five million outages[vii], an October snowstorm cutting power to over three million for as long as a week[viii] and December Santa Ana winds killing the lights for 643,000 in Southern California[ix].
Worldwide, 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[x].
This increase in natural disaster events has been specifically linked to climate change by numerous sources, including Dr. Rajendra Pauchari, head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)[xi].
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 up-tick in both non-disaster and disaster related blackouts have pushed demand for emergency backup power and alternative energy sources. Recent feedback from SolSolutions' customers highlighted the fact that during blackout events like the October 2011 Northeast snowstorm access to fuel and gas generators become limited as demand soars.
The 2013 tornado in Oklahoma knocked out power to thousands of people, with further reinforcement of limited generator availability during disasters.
“We do carry generators, but at this time we are sold out,” said Gayron Allen, Lowes manager in Norman[xii].
This puts the emphasis squarely 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.
Monetary Costs Associated with Blackouts
-A 2006 heat related blackout in Queens, New York that lasted nine days was estimated to cost $188 million to the community[xiii].
-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 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[xiv].
Information retrieved via: Laermer, “Study Details Cost of ‘06 Blackout.” As well as, US Census Bureau, “Queens County Quick Facts.” 2010.
Emergency Power from the SolMan
The portable solar generators from SolSolutions are easy plug and play solutions for continuous emergency backup 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, sump pumps, refrigerators, freezers, fish tanks, home alarm systems and garage door openers.
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.
SolMan To the Rescue — A Complete Emergency Backup Power Source
[i] Patterson, Thom, “US Electricity Blackouts Skyrocketing.” 10/15/10, http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/08/09/smart.grid/index.html
[ii] Patterson, “US Electricity Blackouts Skyrocketing.”
[iii] Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report, October 2008
[iv] World Bank Development Indicators, “Electricity Consumption per Capita.” 11/1/11, retrieved via Google Public Data Explorer
[v] CBS/AP, “Biggest Blackout in US History.” 2/11/09 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/08/15/national/main568422.shtml
[vii] Gonzalez, Angel, “Utilities Scramble to Restore Power.” The Wall Street Journal, 8/29/11.
[viii] Huffington Post, “Northeast Snowstorm Power Problems.” 11/6/11, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/06/northeast-snowstorm-power-problems_n_1078839.html
[ix] Schwartz, Noaki, “New Numbers Bring CA Outage Total to 643,000.” 12/8/11, http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/edison-power-restored-customers-storm-15114161#.TuFOn_FSWbI
[x] Qualie, Irene, “More Natural Disasters Due to Climate Change?” 8/25/09, retrieved via http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4598063,00.html
[xi] Balzan, Mario, “Natural Disasters Linked to Climate Change.” 5/17/11, retrieved via http://www.earthtimes.org/climate/natural-disasters-linked-climate-change-un-climate-chief/861/
[xii] Hampton, John, “Utilities Critical in Tornado Recovery Process” 5/21/13, http://normantranscript.com/tornado_may_2013/x326084640/Utilities-critical-in-tornado-recovery-process
[xiii] Laermer, Emily, “Study Details Cost of ‘06 Blackout.” 7/16/10, http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20100716/FREE/100719876
[xiv] PR Newswire, “New Year’s Resolution for 2012 – Get a Generator.” 1/6/12, retrieved via http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/06/4167393/new-years-resolution-for-2012.html