Need for Distributed Renewable Energy

The recent tornado-related power outages in Ottawa have been a harsh reminder of how dependent we all have become on electricity.  The damage to one transmission station left much of the city without power for several days.  It’s time to move toward a more distributed and resilient generation system.  Groups such as the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative have been successfully operating renewable solar energy projects that generate and feed electricity into the grid or provide a net metered offset for a building’s consumption.  By adding rechargeable energy storage products such as the Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack, solar electricity generated during the day can be made available throughout the day and night.  This would be a far more effective backup than a gas powered generator.

David Rhynas

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