Shoring up the solar industry’s resilience to cyberattack

As solar and storage technologies are deployed on the grid in record numbers, there’s no time like the present to take steps to prevent solar and storage from being vulnerable to cyberattack.

The electrical grid in the U.S. is a network of power generation plants, transformers, wires, sensors, and poles that carry electricity far and wide. When we have power, we don’t give the grid much thought. But that is changing. Much of the nation’s grid is old, with the average age of power plants being over 30 years old and most transmission lines and transformers are over 25 years old. In that time period, much new technology has been added to the grid including solar and energy storage.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is taking seriously the potential threat of cyberattacks on our energy resources. In a speech at the State Department in early February, President Joe Biden announced an “urgent initiative” to improve U.S. capability, readiness, and resilience in cyberspace.

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