Solar PV Emergency & Resilience Planning

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, and powerful storms often occur with little warning, and can leave communities without power, providing further challenges to disaster relief efforts. A range of solar photovoltaic (PV) system applications are available and have the ability to meet critical power needs during emergency operations. If mobilized with technological solutions and policies that promote distributed generation, solar PV systems can offer a source of clean, flexible, and reliable electricity that can be used as on-grid systems during normal operations and as off-grid systems during emergencies. This latest brief by Meister Consultants Group, Inc. as part of the Solar Outreach Partnership provides a summary of solar PV applications for emergency planning and analysis of the criteria for choosing the right type of solar application for resilience. The brief also provides examples of solar PV applications used in municipal emergency and resilience planning in Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, and by the Florida Solar Energy Center.