Hurricane Irma Leads to Solar Questions

Will Solar Panels Work During a Hurricane? Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all of Florida, grocery stores are already running out of food and water, and some residents have already started to evacuate, just in case. But for those staying put, planning to weather the storm, another question has risen – If we lose power, will solar panels still work?

Hurricane Season Draws to Close, Sandy Begs for Action

November 30–the day that many of us in the coastal Southeast can breathe a sigh of relief that hurricane season finally “officially” ends.  Many of us can give thanks that we came through yet another hurricane season without too much damage, while others of us may still be recovering from impacts from one of the […]

Wind Turbines and Hurricanes

Wind turbines are designed to withstand extreme weather. The risks of a catastrophic weather event are fairly well known and can be planned for, to an extent. Wind turbines are generally expected to survive up to a Category 3 hurricane. But, when failure occurs, a wind turbine failure is better than a failure at a coal, natural gas or nuclear power plant.

Hurricanes and Climate Change

Perhaps it’s unsurprising Alberto soaked South Carolina’s coast in mid-May and Beryl drenched north Florida and Georgia over Memorial Day weekend before the official hurricane season and beginning of summer – it certainly felt like full-on summer because North America had experienced the warmest first four months of the year on record. In April, the global land-surface temperature was 2.5°F above the 20th century average and the United States experienced its third warmest April since record keeping began in 1895. It’s also worth noting that hurricanes aren’t the only natural phenomenon ‘starting a few weeks early’ this year: Louisiana was spraying for mosquitoes a month sooner, the Carolinas began harvesting strawberries more than two weeks early and birdwatchers everywhere were treated to the annual arrival of migratory songbirds anywhere from one to three weeks early.