Solar Energy Plus Storage Can Save the Day During Power Outages


A report by the Clean Energy Group shows how solar energy combined with storage can help during power outages. The report makes a number of recommendations that Baltimore and other cities can follow for using solar with battery storage.



A report by the nonprofit Clean Energy Group (CEG), titled “Clean Energy for Resilient Communities,” has offered a great solution for urban communities during severe weather events or disasters. In the report, a blueprint is shown for how cities, particularly Baltimore, can have a reliable electrical system by using clean energy that can revive the city during power outages.


Co-author and CEG president Lewis Milford stated, “We have entered a new normal after Hurricane Sandy, where severe weather events are more frequent, lending to more power outages and increased risk to people and business.”


The report looks at the best practices and potential financing options to “implement distributed solar projects in Baltimore.” With new technologies and business models for solar power generation with battery storage, financing options like solar leasing and power purchase agreements (PPAs), and a set of new programs that are emerging around the country, the report uses these analyses to address why facilities should use more resilient power technologies.


The report makes several recommendations for using distributed solar energy, focusing on solar with battery storage. Some of those recommendations include:


  • City officials should implement policies to advance distributed solar generation and support the deployment of solar with storage as a resilient power application for critical facilities that provide services to low-income communities.

  • The city of Baltimore and its development finance agencies should use existing bond financing and credit enhancement mechanisms, as well as third‐party ownership and financing structures, to develop solar on public buildings and nonprofit‐owned facilities.

  • The city should support community initiatives to expand distributed solar generation as a community development tool.

  • The state should enact legislation to support increased distributed solar generation benefiting low‐income communities.


If you would like to review the entire report by CEG, visit this site.