Cyclone Debbie can't take away the sun

Up here in the Northern Rivers the community spirit booms as its all hands-on deck in the wake of the weekend’s flood. You don’t have to pick up a newspaper to hear the stories. Ask anyone in the community and either they or someone they know has been severely affected. Houses, cars, livestock, and human lives have all been taken. It is devastating and the impact continues as the cleanup endures.

The good stories are few and far between but it’s been reassuring speaking with clients who were affected who have solar and batteries. According to the ABC national news over 10,000 homes in the area were without electricity during the cyclone’s visit, with some still cut off. For a great deal of my clients this was not an issue. They were either able to draw upon their solar power during the day, or around the clock through their battery systems. This has meant a whole array of realities in desperate times such as lighting during cleanups and access to power to charge phones and hand tools. It’s in times like these that solar and batteries no longer are a luxury, but a necessity.

A great deal of devastation is about the place at the moment and so its been a relief to hear the positive difference solar products have made to the lives of others in their most difficult situations.

Aerial view of the flood in Lismore over the weekend, courtesy of the Daily Telegraph

Aerial view of the flood in Lismore over the weekend, courtesy of the Daily Telegraph