If your house is powered solely by solar panels, the culprit could be as seemingly innocent as those clouds passing overhead – sometimes, that’s all it takes to shut off the flow of power. In an ideal world, we’d all have energy from sustainable sources available 24/7. And that day will come. But right now, those solar panels and wind farms can’t provide the constant supply our utility infrastructure needs to sustain the nonstop flow of power to our homes and businesses. Researchers are working to create batteries and other storage solutions that are large enough and affordable enough to harness renewable energy production to meet peak energy demand for the proverbial rainy day. Even if that innovation were available today, though, implementation could take years.
So, when the sun stops shining on those solar panels, or the wind stops spinning the turbines, what do you do?
The surprising solution to bolstering the foundation of renewable energy just might be found in natural gas. This tried-and-true energy option could be the key to our renewable energy future, serving not just as a viable backup to solar and wind power, but also as a powerful catalyst to their widespread adoption. Check out these five facts you might not know about natural gas in the renewable energy space: