Hurricane Florence vs. Solar: Plants Fare Well in Storm-Battered North Carolina

PV MAGAZINE: Solar Slowly Comes Back Online in North Carolina

 “Failures of the electric grid have affected large solar plants after Hurricane Florence, just as they are affecting centralized generation.”


INSIDE CLIMATE NEWS: Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Florence’s Wind and Rain

“In North Carolina, the #2 solar state, Florence was the first extreme weather test for much of its renewable energy.”


CBS NEWS: Hurricane Florence crippled electricity and coal -- solar and wind were back the next day

 “Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence swamped North and South Carolina, thousands of residents who get power from coal-fired utilities remain without electricity. 

Yet solar installations, which provide less than 5 percent of North Carolina's energy, were up and running the day after the storm”

QUARTZ: Resiliency in the face of hurricanes makes the case for renewables even stronger

“People of the Carolinas are picking up the pieces after Hurricane Florence, the wettest tropical cyclone on record. Among the news of dozens of deaths, overflowing pig-manure lagoons, and flooded coal-ash fields, there are some bright spots. Solar-power installations were largely able to escape without harm.”


North Carolina is home of the second largest capacity of solar in the US other then California. Find out how solar asset managers restored electricity after one of the most damaging hurricanes to ever hit the East Coast in the articles above, both giving different perspectives on the outcomes.

Solar has fared well compared to the coal ash disasters and nuclear shutdowns resulting from hurricane Florence. However, reports show flooded solar fields still down, but coming back online. Tracker projects can be particularly vulnerable to flooding if mechanical and electrical components are submerged, but are reporting good outcomes. Good job NC project engineers!





Kilonewton will be at Solar Power International next week September 25-27th!

Solar Power International (SPI) is North America's largest solar trade show. Over 18,000 attendees and 650 exhibitors travel from 110 countries. We will be there @SPIcon learning about new technology in #solar #energy to create a better future for our customers and we're definitely excited about what we can bring to NM!




PV Magazine- Virginia approves largest solar power plant east of the Rockies

Virginia regulators have approved construction of the four part solar power plant, whose output is partially being sold to Microsoft. The 500 MW-AC facility is being developed by sPower.

Kilonewton is excited to be working with @sPower and @Array Technologies on this challenging project!

 “As the four plants are on one piece of land, this will be the largest solar project East of the Rocky Mountains when built, and one of the largest in the world.”

Read the full article here to learn more about this project:




We are now a part of the Solar Energy Industries Association!

We are now proud members of The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) We are honored to work with the SEIA community, our shared goals of protecting and expanding the U.S. Solar industry is what KiloNewton is all about.

We are now proud members of The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) We are honored to work with the SEIA community, our shared goals of protecting and expanding the U.S. Solar industry is what KiloNewton is all about.

Exciting news for California!


California Assembly has passed a bill that mandates the state move to 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045. is great news for the future of the renewable energy mandate and sets a positive example for the rest if the country.

Read PV Magazine’s editor Christian Roselund’s article here:

We are starting several projects:

Just a quick update: Things are heating up here at KiloNewton! We have several projects starting up or on the horizon, from solar training classes to structural design projects. We are working to improve some of the information on the services we provide, and have created a short profile of our broad engineering services! You can find it on our services page at Inside you can find details on services like conceptual design, product development, manufacturing support, and technology management. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about our specialties. We are pleased to announce that we have posted two new job openings on our website. You can find them via our contact page We are currently seeking a mechanical engineering intern, as well as a CAD/GIS technician to help with various projects we have underway. Please feel free to spread the word to anyone you know that may be interested!