Consider solar power as an alternative power source and even a main power source. Read on for the irresistible reasons why you need to, now!

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Solar Power: More Than an Emergency Backup Option
Reasons to Add Solar Power to Your Backup Plan

Mainstream Energy Sources Are Vulnerable
Mainstream Energy Sources Poses Health and Environmental Hazards
Solar Power Is a Free Energy Source

What You Need to Know About Solar Power for Survival

Solar Power: More Than an Emergency Backup Option

Utilizing solar power for homes and industry is becoming a trend nowadays. Getting energy from the sun and eventually converting it to electricity is remarkable indeed.

This phenomenon provides a lot of advantages. Exploiting solar power and using it as a backup for any gadget or even in maintaining a household is something every individual should seriously consider.

Having solar backup systems means getting energy from the sun while its up and shining and using this energy at night or in times when there is an outage. Since solar power is free, this means it can help people save money.

Putting up a solar panel may seem expensive during the initial installment but in the long run, it is actually cheaper than paying electricity bills every month. Solar power is also environment-friendly since no fossil fuel burns to produce power.

Using solar power to provide energy is one way to stop or at least delay the effects of global warming. As we are seeing more and more of now, solar power systems work without worsening the effects of global warming.

Solar power produces undeniably zero pollution.

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Reasons to Add Solar Power to Your Backup Plan

1. Mainstream Energy Sources Are Vulnerable

Most of the electric substations, transmission lines, and electrical switchgear for any given utility find themselves in remote parts of the country.

It’s hard to know what to believe anymore. Some news outlets just repeat whatever their political handlers tell them, while others only print the stories they want you to hear.

Many quote results of endless polls based on their biased questions, while federal agencies hide their real agendas and publish glowing reports concerning what a great job they are doing.

For example, did you know that last April 2013, 17 large PG&E transformers located inside a high-security fence were destroyed by a sniper team near San Jose, California? Just before the shooting started, they cut a fiber optic communications cable running near the facility which caused a total area-wide communications blackout.

Although there were more than 100 shell casings at the area, there were no fingerprints found and the multiple security cameras did not record anyone shooting. The snipers were well aware of the camera locations even in the dark.

When this terrorist attack finally came to light almost a year later, it was called “old news” and chalked up to local vandalism, not terrorism. So just how safe is our electric grid?

First, there is no single electrical grid. The electric grid in the United States consists of hundreds of separate generating facilities and thousands of transmission lines owned and maintained by many different companies.

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2. Mainstream Energy Sources Poses Health and Environmental Hazards

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Most existing power plants are built near reliable fuel supplies. Bodies of water could pinpoint the locations of hydro-electric plants.

Large rivers accommodate coal-barge traffic and provide a source of cooling water were ideal locations for coal-fired power plants.

Nuclear power plants require lots of water for cooling and are also usually located near large bodies of freshwater. Gas turbine generator plants are usually located near major gas transmission pipelines.

via Why you need to add solar to your emergency power backup plans by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM

3. Solar Power Is a Free Energy Source

Another foremost advantage of having solar power as backup is gaining more and greater energy independence. Solar energy is 100% free.

Nobody can monopolize the production of the sun’s energy. There is unrestricted use of this for everybody.

Since the sun shines almost consistently, it means there is an unstoppable and uninterruptible source of power. We can enumerate numerous advantages of solar energy as a backup for a power emergency.

This video from the Canadian Prepper will show you three types of solar panels for off-grid living or survival:

These benefits can surely convince anybody to utilize and exploit wisely the light that the sun can provide.

Whether you want to use solar power as a backup plan when the grid is down or you want to go completely off the grid, making use of light energy is always a good thing especially in the long term.

Would you consider solar power as a backup plan for an emergency or even your main source of energy for survival or off-grid living? Tell us your thoughts about it in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 26, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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