How did solar panels fare in Abilene during winter storm, power outages? | KTAB
ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – After the February freeze, a lot of attention was paid to green energy, which has already arrived in the key city.
Ken Curry is one of many in Abilene who use solar energy in their home. When there is no energy crisis, the panels provide electricity to the household and excess electricity is fed back into the grid for other uses.
The homeowner is paid for this excess energy.
However, if you are connected to the mains, you are just as affected in the event of a power failure as any conventional energy house. If your home is still operational, powerline workers are at risk.
“It’s really frustrating to have a source of energy but not be able to use it,” says Curry. “You can’t go out there and flip a switch because you have to protect these people who are out there working on those lines.”
In order for the panels to be available in the event of a power failure, you need a solar battery that charges from the panels, and in the event of a power failure, your power supply will not be interrupted.
“The panels themselves only supply the energy, they are still tied to the power grid. The battery backup is exactly what it is. It is a battery that you store energy in. If you detect a failure, it will be used immediately, ”said Shane Davis, SunPro solar installer.
Some in Abilene have both the panels and battery backup, and Davis said there was no failure.