There’s a tendency to think of mobile rental generators as being used primarily for disaster recovery, but there are several more ways that these portable power units can be used. They can be used at any remote site from concerts and festivals to construction sites. They’re also used when the power is down for maintenance or site renovation in addition to unplanned outages like natural disasters.
On August 21, 2017, much of the U.S. will be able to see a total or near-total solar eclipse. While the phenomenon has been met with excitement by many, it also raises the question of how solar eclipses impact solar power generation. This is a situation we haven’t really faced before, since the widespread use of solar power and total eclipses have rarely overlapped.
How’s this for an unintended side effect of so many states legalizing the sale and consumption of marijuana? A dip in power consumption.
While many thought that marijuana legalization would overwhelm the power grid, and we did see a spike in demand when states first legalized it, demand is leveling off for a totally unforeseen reason: more growers are taking their crops outside.
When we talk about adding renewable energy to the U.S. power supply, there is often a lot of talk about getting that power from the supply source (the solar farm or wind turbines, etc.) to the local power grid. There is less talk of what happens once that power hits the grid and how buildings may be able to adapt to the influx of power from renewable sources.