College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Lonny Simonian, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


In an ever-changing climate, California is becoming more of a wildfire prone state during fire season through recent years. With the increase in wildfires over the past couple of years, power shutoffs initiated by utility companies and power outages due to nature have been negatively affecting residents that are directly or indirectly affected by wildfires. As residents of California become more susceptible to being affected by these power shutoffs and outages, residents are looking for ways of powering their homes when the power is off. The most common backup power options for residents are gas as well as natural gas generators and battery storage with or without a photovoltaic system. Through this project, with collaboration and willingness from the homeowners of two separate homes, an analysis was made to determine the most cost effective and properly sized backup power option for their household’s electricity needs and usage. Through this process, a step-by-step procedure will be developed that homeowners in fire prone areas can follow in hopes of finding the most effective backup power solution for their home. Additionally, homeowners will be provided with an Excel sheet that will help them in deciding on a backup power option for their home.

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