Impact of Solar Powered Disaster-Resistant Communities
Buildings; Disaster Planning; Photovoltaics; Energy Efficiency
Natural and man made disasters can destroy lives, homes, businesses, the economy and the environment. Disasters can happen with little or no warning, leaving hundreds or even thousands of people without medical services, potable water, sanitation, communications and electrical services for up to several weeks. This paper identifies the imperative for and value of creating disaster-resistant homes and communities. The use of renewables, the application of distributed generation, implementation of energy-efficient building designs and construction of disaster-resistant structures can minimize the destruction of property, cost of recovery and disruption of lives. Through enhanced construction practices and the use of solar energy, individuals and the communities in which they live can benefit from the implementation of disaster-resistant buildings that are functional and operational. The use of energy conservation practices and renewable power sources promotes energy assurance while allowing occupants to maintain some semblance of normal life after a disaster.
Disaster Planning; Buildings - Energy Efficiency; Photovoltaics
Florida Solar Energy Center and Young, William, "Impact of Solar Powered Disaster-Resistant Communities" (2006). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 507.