Equilibrium/Sustainability — Grid upgrades help avert worse Hurricane Ian impact

25 October 2022 | Lisa Hall

An entirely solar-powered community just 12 miles from where Hurricane Ian made landfall survived the storm without losing power, CNN reported.

Babcock Ranch was designed with a redundant solar grid with in-home battery backups and streets “designed to flood so houses don’t,” according to the network.

While the storm tore shingles from roofs, residents of the town — which bills itself as America’s first 100 percent solar community — now see their comparatively light damage as evidence that their model works.

“We have proof of the case now because [the hurricane] came right over us,” 68-year old resident Nancy Chorpenning told CNN.

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