Recent heatwave’s power cuts underline failure to properly prepare for climate change
Hundreds of thousands of people were left without electricity Friday afternoon as a powerful heatwave Friday sent temperatures soaring to over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in many parts of the country, sparking massive demand for electricity as homes and businesses attempted to crank up the air conditioning.
The problem is that the grid is outdated and unable to absorb any more electricity. Citizens wanting to put solar panels on their roofs are being told that there’s no chance of connecting them. Solar energy companies are laying off employees.
Many believe that storing solar energy produced while the sun is shining, and only putting it on the grid at non-peak times using under-utilized lines, could be an alternative to expanding the grid.