A nice contemporary test of some of best usage new tech.
Solar + Battery in planned communities of good size some linked to the grid, some to other communities, and some houses linked to each other as well.
Many other non-Solars will wait days/weeks for power.
Solar Power Stayed On as Hurricane Ian Knocked Lights Out Across Florida
Storm was the first big test for some communities powered by solar farms and battery storage
Wall Street Journal
"Neighborhoods powered by solar panels with backup batteries weathered the direct onslaught of Hurricane Ian in Florida
, utilities and developers said, keeping the lights on throughout the storm while millions of others lost power.
At least three solar-powered communities near Fort Myers and Tampa made it through Ian without losing electricity. Some also had hardened electrical infrastructure, including buried lines and stronger power poles
, that helped them weather the storm and its aftermath.
At the new Medley neighborhood south of Tampa, utility Tampa Electric Co. has a pilot project with 37 new homes equipped with utility-owned rooftop solar and home batteries. When Ian knocked out power
to about 295,000 customers in the area, Medley was disconnected from the rest of the electric system, but it never lost power.
The power systems of the homes in Medley are linked and solar on the roof of one home has the ability to power neighboring houses, said Archie Collins, chief executive of Tampa Electric, a subsidiary of Emera
“They were isolated from the grid, and they rode through the entire hurricane without any loss of power, whereas the neighbors who weren’t on that microgrid unfortunately did lose power,” Mr. Collins said."...>
The storm was the first big test for some communities powered by solar farms and battery storage.