The cold weather in Texas, ironically yet another example of global warming, and resulting grid failures shine a light on how insufficient our current energy systems are in the face of a changing climate. As we move forward, it’s incumbent upon all of us to do our part to advocate for resilient energy systems and a grid infrastructure that is ready for what lies ahead. Solar, storage and other distributed energy resources will play a critical role in our future.
There is no one technology that can prepare us for the extreme weather conditions that are occurring with increasing regularity. However, solar has helped to add power to the system in Texas and elsewhere, and has provided much needed electricity to customers. Solar + storage systems can provide reliable power over 95% of the time. Our colleagues at the Solar Energy Industries Association, paint the full picture:
To meet the climate challenge and provide reliable power, events like this require a full-blown systems approach — solar, storage, distributed generation, utility-scale solar, wind, energy efficiency, demand response, smart chargers, building controls, transmission, and more.
While solar and solar + storage remain a critical component to a resilient and reliable energy grid, I also welcomed the opportunity to connect with the Energy News Network last month to discuss the importance of a diverse energy portfolio for Vermont and throughout the Northeast.