Over the last several years California has faced excessive heat warnings and now due to COVID-19 more people are staying indoors consuming a supplemental amount of energy. With people staying inside more frequently, California has issued voluntary Flex Alerts to help curve energy usage. Flex Alerts usually emerge in the summers when conditions are hot and energy demands reach capacity. These voluntary demands ask residents to use appliances later in the evening, refrain from overuse of air conditioning, and to switch off lights when not being used. But what happens when homeowners lose power? Because of rolling blackouts, wildfires, and other environmental factors, consumers are turning to green alternatives to store energy for their homes.
In 2019, LG Chem posted their yearly sustainability report which states the company's environmental solutions to regulate the impacts of global climate change. LG Chem is “the world's only chemical-based conglomerate among global battery manufacturers,” LG Chem sustainability report 2019. Working for the planet, LG Chem recycles non-reusable dead batteries by removing raw materials such as lithium, cobalt, and nickel. From these practices LG Chem is able to provide alternative green options for storing energy by reusing battery waste in a circular fashion. With more sustainable batteries on the market, consumers are installing a solar battery on their home solar systems.
Currently, Sullivan Solar Power is doing their part to support a healthy environment by being a top installer for LG Chem Home Batteries (2020). Companies like Sullivan Solar Power know the importance of protecting the environment from CO2 emissions and electrical caused wildfires. With less dependence on non-renewable energy such as coal, fossil fuels, and power plants, solar companies can help consumers thrive by going almost completely off the grid.
Per Energy Sage, “With solar batteries, you maximize your ability to use the electricity generated by your solar panels on a day-to-day basis. During the times when you need more electricity than your solar panels are producing (later in the day or at nighttime), you can use the solar energy you have stored.” As rolling blackouts continue into the next century because of climate change it seems almost necessary to install back up energy solutions to protect homeowners from losing power and the environment.