WV Media Miss Big Blackout Story

Have you seen all those great stories in the WV media about West Virginians who invested in solar power systems, either off grid or with battery back up, who survived the July blackout with minimal disruption?  These families put no strain on over-taxed emergency services and didn’t crowd gas stations after the power went down.  They are innovators and investors in WV’s future.

Yeah, neither did I.

You would have thought at least that some editor in our state would have asked a reporter to contact WV-owned solar installation companies to ask how their customers fared during the blackout.  Apparently, even that easy step didn’t happen.

Have you seen any stories about WV solar power systems in the WV media?  Post a comment with links so the rest of us can see them, if any exist.  Op-eds don’t count.  I’m looking for news stories on radio, TV or newspapers.

Why is it that we can turn on the radio any day of the week and hear Hoppy Kercheval bloviating about the war on coal, but we can’t get real news about real West Virginians solving real problems.

4 thoughts on “WV Media Miss Big Blackout Story

    • Danny,

      It’s not all or nothing. You don’t have to go completely off the grid. You can start small with the basics, as long as you allow for growth. The most important thing to do is invest in an inverter that will allow you to add on in the future. If you don’t have enough money to buy a battery system now, but you want the option of adding it later, get a hybrid inverter now when you buy your first solar panels. I did a battery back up system first, and only bought enough solar panels to support my backup needs. My inverter will accept additional panels, so I can add them later.

      Also, be sure you are counting all the costs of continuing to buy electricity from the obsolete grid when you consider the affordability of investing in your system. Your highest priority should be to reduce your electricity use to its bare minimum. If gas is available, consider converting all electric appliances that you can, like heating and water heating and cooking, to gas. Burning gas on site for energy is more efficient than electric appliances, is cheaper now and all of its delivery infrastructure is underground, much more secure than electric power.

      The one thing you can do right now is to start contacting solar installers to learn about the reality of installing solar power. Power companies have convinced people in our country that electricity is magic. Educate yourself and you take the first steps toward taking control of your own energy economy.

  1. We ran power from our off-grid system 700 feet up the ridge to our neighbor’s freezer so that he wouldn’t have to fool around with a generator.

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