Installing and maintaining renewable energy resources can be viewed as an “essential service”, according to the California Solar + Storage Association (CALSSA), based in one of six major state jurisdictions in the US to have ordered citizens indoors for the time being.
The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the state’s Department for Public Health has ordered that all individuals obey instructions to “stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors”. While described widely as a lockdown, the ruling is described at state level as a “shelter in place” directive.
CALSSA said that while the government information is constantly being updated and must be adhered to, with the association prepared to keep on top of monitoring that dynamic situation and give advice accordingly, it considers that solar and storage installation and maintenance work meets that all-important criteria.
The association’s dedicated resources page for COVID-19 advice referred to a list issued by the State of California of ‘Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers’. It includes electricians and those in the construction industry, particularly those providing services that are “necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences”.
‘Busier than ever’ for customer interest, but circumstances dictate a slowdown
In light of the guidance from CALSSA, one energy storage system provider based in California, ElectrIQ, emailed Energy-Storage.news to say that while COVID-19 has caused “confusion and concern” in the marketplace, the company continues to get its product out into the field.
“Covid-19 has definitely caused confusion and concern in the marketplace,” said Aric Saunders, executive vice-president for sales and marketing at ElectrIQ.