This past week I was pleased to be part of another successful Solar Santa Monica event. EcoMotion has run the Solar Santa Monica program for ten years, and now we’re pushing into new waters… specifically the nexus between solar power, climate protection, and energy resilience. Santa Monica has appointed its first Chief Resiliency Officer (CRO). Pretty cool.
Drew Lowell-Britt from my staff had taken the lead organizing the event. He’d invited vendors to table, established an Eventbrite invitation plus a social media strategy, and prepared and sent blasts within Santa Monica. Quickly the late morning event was gaining attention. This next evolution in the solar + storage paradigm is of great interest.
Humbled I was by the caliber of the registrants. Battery providers including Sonnen and STEM wanted to participate; XERO Solar and PermaCity Solar were on hand. The meeting/town hall was held at Santa Monica’s impressive City Library. Interested citizens began to fill the MLK Auditorium. My job was to educate and enthuse. No pressure!
Many solar system owners assume that when the grid goes down, they will have power. Not true in almost all cases. To become resilient to outages, I explained that you need some form of generation, plus storage and controls. The 40-minute talk focused on today’s potential in Santa Monica for energy resiliency thanks to abundant sunshine, a new class of batteries, and sophisticated microgrids.