On Wednesday, the 19th of August 2020, one of the most devastating wildfires started in Northern California. Many homeowners lost thousands of their valuable properties, and brave firefighters worked more than 72 hours straight shifts to save lives, properties, and wildlife.
The fire burnt 229,000 acres as of Friday morning across parts of the southern San Francisco Bay Area, including Santa Clara and Alameda counties.
Thousands of homeowners were forced to evacuate. The fire was 7 percent contained as of Friday morning, and officials anticipate the flames will spread further.
Wildfires are nothing new for Californians, and many are wearily growing accustomed to the heat, smoke, and air pollution as fires reignite in areas torched in the recent past. But this week’s blaze stand out in and make for a record-breaking fire season. It is said that the term ‘Fire season’ has become regular, but this should not be a way of life especially for children, wildlife, and the environment.
All the while, the Covid-19 pandemic is raging throughout the state. With the number of new cases increasing over the past weeks, the wildfire’s situation already feels like a difficult task to control.
As the firefighters, police, local authorities, and brave volunteers continue to work to save lives and properties, let’s take a look back to 2019. In 2019, Northern California experienced a heartbreaking unexpected wildfire outbreak called the Kincade Fire.
The Kincade wildfire was known as the 2019 season’s most destructive blaze. According to a reporter from Insider news, the fire may have been caused by a faulty wire by the electric company called Pacific Gas and Electric. The Kincade wildfire lasted for 11 days, burning nearly 78,000 acres - an area more than double the size of San Francisco. This destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in Sonoma County. The residents plan to sue the electric company PG&E for all the damage it caused thousands of homeowners and business owners.
It's time to take charge of your power, home safety, and family protection to all homeowners. How can solar protect you, your family, and your household during this fire season?
Let’s learn from the true-life testimony of Chris Arai, a Sonoma country resident from the 2019 Kincade fire. Chris Arai’s home is among a few homes that survived and stood strong after the Kincade fire. Chris’s house has a metal roof, a stucco exterior, a ten thousand gallon water tank, a fire gel that protects the home windows, and, most importantly, an off-grid solar system with massive solar batteries.
You can book a free online consultation with IntegrateSun solar expert today. They will guide you through installing an off-grid solar system and solar batteries to protect your home and family this season and years to come.
What are the benefits of having an off-grid solar system during a WILDFIRE?
1. Reduce wildfire risk
- As a homeowner or business owner, when you don’t depend on the grid, you lower the chance of electric sparks from the overhead lines, potentially resulting in wildfires.
2.. You protect your family with clean air -
An off-grid system can help to prevent 3.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This solar technology provides a way to decarbonize our electricity systems.
3. Cut that cord
- When you have an off-grid solar system, you don’t need to connect to the grid. When electrical power flows through the circuits, this causes them to heat up. When an electrical circuit heats up, it will expand proportionately to temperature - and this can result in a SPARK! Which could cause WILDFIRES!! (An amount of circuit sag was a contributing factor in October 2019 fire siege, as reported by California.)
When a homeowner cuts away from the grid - they escape the impact on electrical circuit heating up and resulting in a spark that flows across the whole network and affects most houses and business buildings.
4. You help buy time for community workers.
- Community workers such as firefighters, engineers, emergency health workers, the police, construction workers, and first aid attendees need time to drive down to the disaster site to repair or implement a solution to keep the lights on for affected residents.
On the other hand, your off-grid solar system and solar batteries can reduce the overall strain on the community’s energy infrastructure, by lowering the number of electricity grids and direct home connection they have to fix.
When your home is safe, your local community workers are happy. This gives them time to focus on other homes that need more assistance, and trust me - the community workers will be grateful that you made a smart choice by going solar.
5. You can monitor your off-grid system performance on a live app, at the safety of your home -
When Chris Arai, a Sonoma county resident spoke to a reporter from Insider news, he said one of the smart choices he made was to install off-grid solar panels. His off-grid solar panels helped power his water spiking system that surrounded his home property.
Even after a homeowner evacuates from the home, they can still monitor what is going on at their home on the live app.
You can book a free online consultation with IntegrateSun solar experts and learn more during the consultation about how you can download our live monitoring app.
The wildfires plus Covid-19 has made it hard to coordinate evacuations and shelters. The wildfire effect is also a threat to people with Covid-19 since exposure to air pollution can damage airways and make people more susceptible to respiratory infections. Talk to your local organizations to help support the people of California through any donations.
Quick note - If you live in Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, or Santa Clara County, please be aware that wild animals are fleeing the fires and show up in your neighborhoods and yards. Please bring food and water to these domestic animals and let the wild ones pass through peacefully. Please, if you can, put out buckets of water for them - they are scared, exhausted, and have lost their homes - they need to rest and refuel. The entire team at IntegrateSun loves our wildlife and earth. Please spread the word to a friend and love one. Let’s support mother earth; let’s keep our environment eco-friendly; let us go solar.
Book an online consultation for more information on how you can go solar.