Solar Power Can Help Communities Weather Disasters

A prolonged power outage following a natural disaster can be devastating. Businesses lose data and inventory, and personal security and health are threatened. Learn how to prepare for power outages after disasters by attending the “Basics of Using Solar Energy in Disasters” workshop June 7 or 28 at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa.

COCOA, Florida – May 15, 2002 [] With photovoltaics, it is possible to weather disasters and have uninterrupted electricity even when power lines are down. Photovoltaic systems – unlike diesel and gas generators – are clean, silent and need no refueling. Solar cells that produce electricity directly from sunlight come in all sizes suited for various tasks. A portable photovoltaic system can be as small as a 1-watt built-in battery-charging unit for a handheld radio or telephone to a 2,000-watt trailer-mounted unit that supplies energy for a small clinic. A larger permanently installed system can supply more power. The workshop covers appropriate sizing and installation. Other disaster-resistant measures for buildings are also addressed in the workshop, including new solar cell technology that allows photovoltaic modules to be adhered to a metal roof. Cost for the workshop and manual is US$50. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; presentations are 9 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by a photovoltaic equipment exhibit.
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