So the Rockaways are the first Solar Powered hub
by Ziks511 - 11/24/12 7:05 PM
in the United States. The much loathed Long Island Power Authority seems incapable of restoring power (How do these people get put in charge of something as critical as Electrical Power, oh, I forgot, buyouts. So much for Capitalism as the model for efficient management and operation of a Utility needed 24/7.) Three local Solar companies have jumped in to fill the void, powering up the Belle Harbour Yacht club and other local buildings, because of the size of its roof and the green space around it for solar panels, and anyone in the neighbourhood can get rechargeable items recharged, Cell phones, flashlights, computers, etc.
The problem with conventional gasoline powered generators is the absence of gasoline availability in that area and long lines elsewhere.
I suspect this will be the spur for much adoption of Solar power for longer term emergency situations. It doesn't replace normal power distribution, but if Utilities can't do their jobs, we're likely to see more frequent outages, and longer ones, as the result of poor management and the laying-off of the Union people who actually do the work, rather than occupying offices and smoking cigars and having 6 Martini lunches, and slaging the Unions.
Play all the anti-Union games games in your mind that you want, but they're the guys who do the work, and without whom, GM is just an importation company, and Utilities are incapable of generating or fixing anything.