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Florida Legislation to Study Solar Plus Storage for Disaster Relief

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By Editors of Power Engineering

New legislation proposed in Florida would examine the use of solar and energy storage systems to provide resiliency against natural disasters and restore power after an emergency.

HB 1133, proposed by Holly Raschein, would establish a pilot program within Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to determine an accurate use and value for solar and storage systems deployed in the wake of natural disasters, Energy Storage News reported.

The bill indicates a pilot program would “encourage and demonstrate the effectiveness of distributed energy generation and energy storage technologies to provide for the energy needs of critical disaster resilience facilities located in areas of critical state concern during a natural disaster or declared state of emergency.”

The bill would require systems to offset all or the majority of a facility’s energy demand in the event of a grid outage, and have capabilities of working independently of the grid with 24 hours of backup power for critical functions.

Grant money would be issued toward the purchase of eligible systems, with hospitals, airports, emergency assembly zones and other areas would receive priority. 

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