Sumary of Climate Change Calls for Backup Power, and One Company Cashes In:
- Demand for backup generators has soared over the last year, as housebound Americans focused on preparing their homes for the worst, just as a surge of extreme weather ensured many experienced it.
- Hurricane Ida left over a million people in Louisiana and Mississippi without power for days in sweltering weather late last month.
- Over the summer, officials in California warned that wildfires might once again force rolling blackouts amid record heat and the threat of wildfire.
- Even lower-profile outages — last month, storms in Michigan left almost a million homes and businesses in the dark for up to several days — have many American homeowners buying mini power plants of their own.
- — its third producing residential generators — while demand and pandemic-related supply chain snarls have pushed customers’ wait times to roughly seven months.
- ”That means his company has the attention of investors betting that the confluence of the coronavirus and climate crises is shifting the priorities of American consumers.
- ET“Instead of a nice-to-have, backup power is increasingly a need-to-have, when you’re working at home,” said Mark Strouse, a J.
- Enphase, which makes devices that convert power directly from solar panels into a format suitable for the home, is up more than 500 percent since the pandemic began.