Power outages are particularly dangerous for older people, especially those in care facilities who cannot easily evacuate and are left with no heat, no refrigeration for medications and no electricity to run medical equipment.

So Enchanted Rock has been focusing on microgrids for senior facilities. Its most recent endeavor will bring microgrids to three Houston, Texas, area senior facilities run by Retirement Center Management.

Texas experienced a wake-up call about the vulnerability of its electric grid last winter when the electric system experienced a near total collapse during an unusual deep freeze that left more than 260 people dead.

With a strong presence in Texas, Enchanted Rock was able to show the worth of its microgrid technology during the freeze. Its microgrids supplied continuous power to more than 140 of its customers’ sites that experienced grid outages, protecting them for 4,984 outage hours over eight days.

The natural gas microgrids not only served grocery storesdistribution centers, water districts, health care, manufacturing and senior citizen facilities, but also provided capacity to the beleaguered grid.

Retirement Center Management selected The Village of Southampton, The Village of River Oaks and The Village of Tanglewood for the microgrid installations.

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