Meister Consultants: Solar PV Emergency and Resilience Planning

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, and powerful storms often occur with little warning, and can be as destructive as Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Irene (2011) or Hurricane Sandy (2012). Sandy left 8.5 million people across the East Coast without power, adding further challenges to disaster relief efforts such as providing medical support. A range of solar photovoltaic (PV) system applications are available and have the ability to meet critical power needs during emergency operations. This brief provides a summary of solar PV applications for emergency planning, followed by an evaluation of criteria for choosing the right type of solar application for resilience. This brief concludes with examples of solar PV applications in municipal emergency and resilience planning in Boston and New York City, followed by an introduction to various Florida Solar Energy Center initiatives.

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