Using Alternate Power Sources After a Storm

It doesn’t take a hurricane to flood the valley, and it doesn’t take a tropical system to knock out the power.

An alternate power source could help you weather the storm.

If there’s one thing we have most of the year in the Rio Grande Valley, it’s sunshine. So why not put this solar power to work to help you in an emergency?

A One Valley resident installed a solar system after the 2021 winter storm.

“It rushed my plans to install the Tesla battery for my house,” said resident Arturo Olivarez. “We were out for about four days, but we don’t want to do it again. We just want peace of mind that in the event of an extended power outage, we have a backup in our homes.

Olivarez says Gateway Version 2 is what controls everything.

“It receives power again from the solar panels, receives it from the batteries, or distributes it to the batteries, distributes it to the house, or distributes it from the grid, or obtains the energy from the grid,” Olivarez said.

You can save money on solar installations this year with a 26% federal tax credit. This amount will fall to 23% in 2023.

Getting started in solar energy requires a considerable amount of money invested upfront.

If you’re not ready to spend that much money or you’re not going to be in your home for many, many years, it might not be worth it.

However, there may be a solution for you: a lithium-ion battery rated at 500 watts and close to 500 watt hours.

In the future, the sun could be the answer to keeping the lights on in the RGV.

Whatever your alternate power source is, now is a great time to make sure it’s working properly.

Rosemary C. Kearney