The Reasons For Investing Immediately in Storage and Renewable Energy

The Covid-19 pandemic has served as a stark reminder that backup plans are necessary and that we cannot always rely on our centralized systems to deliver the commodities and services we need to avoid shortages. As supply systems collapse, people are rushing to buy groceries, toilet paper, and face masks. Governments and hospitals alike are having difficulty obtaining necessary medical supplies.

These and other recent disasters show us the necessity for local, alternative sources to ensure that we can meet our fundamental needs for food, medicine, jobs, and energy during times of crisis. Policymakers should encourage renewable energy generation and storage technologies, which have helped save lives during this epidemic and earlier crises, generate jobs, and modernize our economy, as they explore more emergency measures.

In the Wall Street Journal, veteran Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan stated, “Everything works—and will continue to work—as long as we have electricity.” It’s what keeps the information moving, the lights on, and the oxygen flowing. Everything is a grid—a grid that never ends.

What, however, can shield the hospitals, companies, and people that depend on the centralized grid in the event that it fails? In addition to generating jobs and lowering atmospheric CO2 levels that contribute to climate change, distributed, customer-sited energy storage and renewable power build the community-based resilience and security we require.

“Human interaction is restricted, a large number of individuals are unwell, and hospitals are full to capacity. The availability of power supply is the last thing that anyone should be concerned about, Siemens Digital Grid’s Shashank Pande said to Microgrid Knowledge. “In this case, microgrids are particularly crucial from a resilience perspective.”

The Recovery of the Economy Depends on Investment in Clean Energy

More jobs have been created in the renewable energy and storage sector during the past several years than in any other significant economic sector, including the oil and gas business. In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, it is imperative that federal and state support be restored for renewable energy sources, rather than just the millions of dollars in subsidies allocated to fossil fuels annually, in order to hasten the creation of jobs. This is because job growth is essential to our economy right now, as is the modernization of our energy infrastructure and the resilience required to better protect the public in the short- and long-term.

Neither the $2T CARES Act nor the almost $1T in additional emergency stimulus included any mention of renewable energy. However, it would be in the public interest if lawmakers incorporated them into any subsequent legislation, such as the infrastructure and state aid packages that President Trump and Congressional Democrats have been discussing. Support for the renewable energy sector should be acknowledged as a key answer to our economic recovery, job creation, energy resiliency, and rising CO2 levels, based solely on the economics and evidence, rather than being limited to a partisan argument. The European Union recently approved a stimulus package that includes over US $572 billion in support for renewable energy, and Joe Biden just unveiled a $2 trillion climate plan as part of his presidential campaign platform. Hopefully, the current government will be aware of these kinds of efforts and incorporate them into the Second Stimulus package that is presently being discussed.

Using Renewable Energy and Energy Storage to Power Infrastructure and Essential Services

We in the renewable and energy storage industries are working harder than ever to offer clean energy security to homes, businesses, hospitals, and other critical services in the United States and around the world since energy has been declared important during this COVID-19 crisis.

We and our partners are still seeing strong demand despite predictions that the coronavirus would force governments and businesses to give up on renewable energy deployments. People are realizing that in times of economic or natural disaster, they need customer-sited renewable energy sources to safeguard themselves against large-scale centralized delivery system failures.

In order to power the equipment at pop-up kitchens that collaborate with the Red Cross, Los Angeles County, and the LA Unified School District to provide fresh meals to families in need, SimpliPhi Power has supplied batteries to Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen.

We are dedicated to collaborating with Sesame Solar to supply drive-up pop-up clinics for Medical Response and Testing Nanogrid in Michigan. We are collaborating with Global Response Management and the Footprint Project in Brownsville, Texas, to power a Covid-19 Medical Response Clinic for 3,000 refugees.

In collaboration with EM-ONE Energy Solutions, we’re supplying energy storage for 43 microgrids overseas that power hospitals and clinics in Nigeria, many of which are treating coronavirus patients, tests, and therapies. We also power several hospitals and clinics in Haiti, where we are building a Covid-19 response unit.

Now is the moment.

The time has come for authorities worldwide to proactively safeguard and promote the renewable energy generation and storage we’ll need to produce jobs, economic growth, and disaster resilience as the global pandemic persists and predictions of a severe recession or even depression increase.

In addition to spending trillions to save the economy, our elected authorities must back renewable energy and storage technologies that keep the lights on, the medical equipment operating, the food and supplies flowing, and the people alive and well. Instead of approaching the issue as a political dispute between Democrats and Republicans, they need to examine the data and financials coming out of the energy sector and stop ignoring the real figures that might and should guide their budgetary decisions.

SimpliPhi Power Inc., a California-based company that manufactures extremely safe and effective energy storage systems that supply primary and backup power to homes, businesses, hospitals, utilities, relief organizations, and communities in over 43 countries, is led by CEO and President Catherine Von Burg.

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