Sandy shows us why solar gardens should be local to their subscribers, and integrated with storage and microgrids. Local control is important when you can't rely on the centralized system!
We need to act, not simply react.
First, we must begin by thinking about where and how we rebuild. The next generation's infrastructure must be able to withstand another storm. We must also reduce the energy consumption that contributes to climate change — which means, for starters, upgrading our building codes.
Our electrical power grid and the structures that control it must undergo a fundamental redesign. Power utilities are the equivalent of vinyl records in the age of the iPod: antiquated, 1950s-style institutions that don't serve our current needs.
Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org
CEO, Solar Panel Hosting LLC http://www.solarpanelhosting.com