Investment Bank Morgan Stanley predicts huge numbers of homeowners will go off-grid in the coming years, due mainly to increasingly affordable photovoltaic technology and Tesla’s massive new lithium-ion battery factory in Nevada. What will this mean for you?
Morgan Stanley: Tipping point nears for going off grid
By Giles Parkinson on 25 March 2014
Investment bank Morgan Stanley says it has been overwhelmed by the response to its recent analysis which suggested that the falling costs of both solar modules and battery storage presented a potential tipping point that would encourage huge numbers of homeowners and businesses in the US to go off grid.
The initial report, published earlier this month, has been followed up by a note from Morgan Stanley highlighting the extent to which investors had been unaware of these mega trends, which threaten massive disruption in the trillion-dollar utility business.
Sure, they had heard that solar was proving popular, but had no idea of the size of the market that Morgan Stanley had identified. And while most had been skeptical of the potential impact of battery storage, they were intrigued by the potential cost falls that could be achieved by Tesla, the electric car company, and its ability to monitor power levels in batteries and schedule a battery swap in the case of depletion.
More importantly, the investors were particularly focused on how utilities might respond. Solar, they suggested, should be seen as an opportunity and utilities should look at ways of becoming enablers of these technologies, rather than barriers.
Solar Generators: Clean, Portable Power
11/20/2012 12:01:50 PM
Generators are typically used to provide electricity during power outages (e.g., during storms, emergencies, and related disaster-relief operations) or in off-grid situations or areas where there is no access to a built-in power source (e.g., on construction sites, on camping trips, or at outdoor events—for concert stages, food booths, etc.). So, in a nutshell, they’re mostly used for temporary, portable/mobile, back-up, or remote power needs. Generators are especially critical for some farms, to keep well pumps running (during power outages) to be able to continue to get water to livestock or crops.
Conventional generators have a number of downsides. They require gasoline (or diesel fuel), which can be expensive — especially during emergencies, when there can also be gas shortages. The emissions from gas-powered generators also contribute to air pollution and climate change, and they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning when placed inside a home or building, or too close to doors, windows, or vents on the outside of a building. Furthermore, gas generators are very loud.
One of Mobile Solar’s MS-150 solar generators will be powering this weekends a Earth Day celebration at Cal Poly Canyon! We are glad to apart of this great event.
Come on out to the 1st Annual Central Coast Oyster Festival in Morro Bay this Saturday noon to 8 pm. We’re powering the event with two MS-150 solar generators. Guaranteed good times and great food and music! Visit: http://centralcoastoysterfestival.org/ for more info.