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.