Planned Power Shutoffs Are Endangering Californians with Medical Needs

Monday, 09. December 2019 14:00

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NEOVOLTA INC. (OTCQB: NEOV) – California’s recent power shutoffs, unprecedented in scale, were intended to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires. Millions of residents were plunged into darkness and chaos, for several days in some cases. Schools and businesses were closed, and the financial impact could be in the billions. Even worse, these power shutoffs pose a serious risk to some of the most vulnerable Californians: those with home medical needs.  

Without electrical power, people are left without access to vital life-supporting and life-enhancing equipment, medications requiring refrigeration may be at risk, and mobility devices may not be able to be recharged.  

California now faces a longer and more intense fire season fueled by hot, dry winds. All three of its utility giants—Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric—have cut power to areas across the state in recent weeks. PG&E has announced that its planned shutdowns could last another ten years.

Many Californians are looking to solar power as a way to make their homes resilient against these outages. But rooftop panels alone won’t keep the lights on during a blackout. For that, solar panels must be paired with an energy storage system. These systems take the excess solar energy a home produces and store it in a battery. The stored energy can be used at nighttime, when utility companies charge peak demand rates, or as backup power if the grid goes down.

Of all the home energy storage systems on the market, one of the most powerful and most reliable comes from San Diego: the NeoVolta NV14.

When the grid goes down, the NV14 will automatically disconnect from the grid and immediately start powering critical loads. With its high storage capacity of 14.4 kilowatt hours and 7.6 kW of continuous power, the NV14 can keep more household appliances running longer than competitors in its class. With its advanced lithium iron phosphate chemistry, the NV14 is safer, cleaner, and longer lasting than ordinary lithium ion batteries.

The NV14 is now being installed in homes across Southern California and will expand into Northern California in the next six months. It has been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC) as a certified energy storage system. The NV14 can connect with any residential solar installation—new or existing, AC or DC. The critical load panel is included in the package, with lower installation costs than comparable systems.

“These public safety power shutoffs are crippling, and no one knows if they actually prevent wildfires,” said Brent Willson, CEO of NeoVolta. “But they’re going to be a fact of life in California for the foreseeable future. Every household facing a serious medical condition must be prepared to deal with long-term outages with little advance notice. The high-capacity NeoVolta NV14 is engineered to get you through the crisis.”

About NeoVolta - NeoVolta designs, develops and manufactures utility-bill reducing residential energy storage batteries capable of powering your home even when the grid goes down. With a focus on safer Lithium-Iron Phosphate chemistry, the NV14 is equipped with a solar rechargeable 14.4 kWh battery, a 7,680-Watt inverter and a web-based energy management system with 24/7 monitoring. By storing energy instead of sending it back to the grid, consumers can protect themselves against blackouts, avoid expensive peak demand electricity rates charged by utility companies when solar panels aren’t producing, and get one step closer to grid independence.

For more information visit: http://www.NeoVolta.com  email us: IR@NeoVolta.com or call us: 858-239-2029

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