How Rooftop Solar Panels Protect us From Terrorists

26th Apr 2013

Bloomberg recently wrote an interesting article which claims that rooftop solar panels are protecting the US from terrorist attacks.

I bet you didn’t know that!

The growing rooftop solar photovoltaic sector means that many buildings around the country now have the ability to produce their own power, or at least a part of it. This reduces the reliance on power grids, and protects against any blackouts or disruption to the grid supply.

The US grid itself is vulnerable to terrorist attacks. FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York, that “it wouldn’t take that much to take the bulk of the power system down. If you took down the transformers and the substations so they’re out permanently, we could be out for a long, long time.”

Distributing the generation will protect the US public from blackouts. Jon explained that “a more distributed system is much more resilient,” unlike giant power grids that rely on key infrastructure which can be damaged or destroyed, “millions of distributed generators can’t be taken down at once.”

Mr. Wellinghoff makes a good point, and one that might make people think again about adding their own rooftop solar panels. Those little superheroes that sit up on the roof protecting us from the terrorists.

By. Sam Huntington