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Extreme weather driving increased homeowner solar and storage

August 23, 2021

PV Tech:

Power outages and grid failures as a result of recent extreme weather events are driving the adoption of solar and storage systems among US homeowners, new research from installer SunPower suggests.

Homeowners that experienced power cuts in the last year are nearly four times more likely to have purchased a solar system, according to the solar installer’s SunPower Energy Sense Index, which surveyed 1,500 homeowners to better understand the factors motivating them to consider renewables.

One-third of those considering solar cited high-profile outages as a key reason to start investigating systems for their homes, and 70% of this group plan to include a battery for energy storage in their initial purchase for resilience during outages. Of those already with solar, 39% said they installed a battery for energy storage and resiliency during outages.

The grid’s inability to maintain power through extreme events, such as wildfires in California to Texas’s winter storm, is spurring anxiety among homeowners, the report says, with two in five respondents worrying about power outages on a monthly basis.

Homeowners are also said to be experiencing discord with their electricity providers, with more than half (52%) who experienced a power outage last year saying their level of trust in their energy provider has wavered.

[Jules Scully]

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