During a power failure, it is imperative to have a back up power supply that is not dependent on the grid. Food, health, communications, automatic teller machines (ATMs) and many other systems are dependent on a constant supply of power. Traditionally, petrol or diesel generators are used as backup devices. Here we show a much more sustainable option—solar panels and batteries on top of a roof. The point of view comes from a dimly lit home that is without power, and we see that an electric pole has fallen. The family with the solar panel below is able to stay cool in the summer’s heat, and maintain their usual set of daily activities in the household.
ISET (Institute for Social and Environmental Transition) Climate Resilience Framework | Systems – Redundancy and Modularity | drawing by Jamie Stroud.