Let’s use PG&E to leapfrog the clean energy transition forward
Last week, Californians faced a new reality: widespread blackouts intended to keep PG&E’s aging infrastructure from sparking another disastrous wildfire.
The blackouts left more than 700,000 people without power, and many businesses and homes were unprepared. The very fact that shutting down the grid is the best solution the utility can muster in Big Tech’s home state is, itself, astounding. But the incident also shined a light on the limitations of the state’s progressive embrace of clean energy when that energy is fed into an antiquated and unreliable centrally managed grid.
Preparing for the worst
Our customers in California, and across the country, know that climate change has wrought a challenging new normal where wildfires, hurricanes, and floods threaten their communities. Maintaining electricity during emergencies and ensuring operational stability for places like businesses, hospitals, or schools is both possible and increasingly economical when solar systems are retrofitted with energy storage.
Because of the falling prices of batteries and incentives like the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), it’s never been cheaper to break free of the grid.
Building a cleaner and more resilient solution
Energy independence, made possible by microgrids based on solar plus storage, makes homes, schools, and businesses safer. And avoiding a total power loss during outages will mitigate some of the economic fallout of widespread blackouts.
The technology and the economics of DER have caught up to our emerging need for a resilient renewable energy solution—and not a moment too soon. Let’s use this moment to leapfrog the transition forward.