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Will Solar Panels Survive An EMP? Solar Panels vs EMP

Every prepper appreciates the importance of energy. With electric energy generated and transmitted through the modern-day supply lines expected to experience a catastrophic failure in the event of an end-of-the-world event, preppers are now beginning to turn to renewable and highly portable energy-generation options such as solar power.

The usability and suitability of solar power, however, is doubtful, especially given the concern as to whether the solar panels and their connections can withstand a catastrophic electromagnetic pulse (EMP) emanating from a large nuclear detonation. With the nuclear threat on the rise, every serious prepper should endeavor to understand the vulnerability of solar panels to EMPs.

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To effectively understand and accurately answer this concern, it is important to understand the origin and concept of an EMP wave. EMPs can emanate from various sources including a nuclear detonation, solar flare, or a large lightning strike.

Any equipment made of microchips and circuits is highly susceptible to being destroyed by an EMP wave. This fact implies that virtually every electronic device today could be affected, paralyzed, and rendered dysfunctional.

The vulnerability of Solar Panels to an EMP

The vulnerability of solar panels to an EMP wave, therefore, depends on their internal structure. Solar panels generally depend on electronic components and micro-circuits, though not huge or highly integrated. The internal working anatomy of many solar panels contains and depends on diodes to control the flow of current harnessed from the sun.

The diodes, being made of semiconductors, are highly vulnerable to high-current surges. In the event of an EMP, therefore, the diodes would certainly melt and render the whole solar panel useless.

Inverters and controllers, which are intricate components of solar panels, also render the solar panels highly vulnerable to EMP waves. It consequently implies that an EMP damage on the solar system would affect and paralyze the entire solar system at multiple points.

Also, EMP wave damages also occur in situations where electronic components are wired up into circuits since they complete the flow of current. The nature of installation of circuits in a normal electric configuration demands that every connection is earthed.

This very nature of the configuration makes the solar circuits’ connection vulnerable to an EMP wave. The high energy from the blast would flow through the inverters’ integrated circuits to the controllers, all the way to the battery; instantly destroying them all.

However, the nature and size of the damage would highly depend on the volume or size of the charge and the relative distance between the center of the detonation and the solar panels and circuits. A weaker detonation would imply that the wave would not be strong enough and this would cause minimal damage to the panels.

On the other hand, a denotation from a long distance would imply that the wave’s energy would significantly attenuate before reaching the solar panels to cause any damage.

Should You Keep Your Solar Panels in a Faraday Cage?

The only way to ensure the protection of solar panels from EMPs is through the use of Faraday cages which essentially encase the vulnerable parts such as the panels, inverters, controllers, and batteries.

It would, however, be impractical to encase the solar panel since doing so would hinder solar energy from hitting the surface of the panels. However, the inverter, battery, and controller can be encased and thus protect them from EMP damage.

We still recommend getting and using solar panels. We partnered up with a company that can give you a free estimate of how much you’ll save by switching to solar.




10 Ways You’ll Fall In Love With A Prepper

10 Ways You'll Fall In Love With A Prepper

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Becoming more knowledgeable about preppers and their lifestyle will reveal how beneficial they are to society as a whole.

They focus on an individual lifestyle and fight for everyone’s freedom. Freedom to preppers includes freedom from government dependence, so they keep resources available to them to ensure they can be self-sustainable.

This way of life was normal, and even necessary for survival, only a few generations ago, yet modern thinking has shunned the entire notion of it.

Benefits of the prepping lifestyle

A true prepper is an independent, free-thinking, innovative individual who devotes a good amount of time to stocking resources and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to be self-sustainable.

They conserve resources and wealth in contrast to most modern people today.

Most importantly, they highlight valid arguments against the seemingly invincible modern way of life.

1. Preppers have their own resources.

They have built an entire lifestyle revolving around having a stock of all necessary resources. If you are in need of some necessary or basic resource, then it is very likely your prepper friend already has the item.

Even in times of non-emergency having resources handy can be extremely helpful. For example, if a low-key storm happens to knock your power out then a prepper will likely have a generator or some strategy for continuing on with the day.

If you need a particular ingredient for dinner, there will be no trip to the store for that one item. Instead, it is probably already in your prepper’s stock room.

2. They are handy.

Preppers value a wide range of skills from planting gardens to building houses.

9 reasons I won't be trusting the government any time soonA good prepper has a strong knowledge base encompassing various skills that are useful in everyday life. From preparing meals from scratch to knowing the best fishing spots, the information a prepper acquires will prove to be helpful in the most unexpected ways.

3. They are generally conservative with their money and resources

Preppers are great partners because they are experts at cutting costs and reducing waste. Prepping strategy involves buying in bulk which will save money and leave you with plenty of spare resources.

Learning valuable skills, such as growing your own food or general car maintenance will also help reduce costs. By cutting wasteful spending and focusing on the future, you will have more money to save, invest, and prepare.

4. They are prepared for much more than just catastrophe.

The prepping that is done to protect from an apocalypse situation can also be just the thing that helps you pull through losing your job, the death of a loved one, or unexpected major medical expenses.

These situations are extremely common and you should most certainly expect to deal with at least one of these challenges during your lifetime.

Despite how likely we are to experience these events, most people fail to prepare for these events and have extreme difficulty recovering financially. Having plans and resources available will help you through.

5. They are realistic.

Most techniques that preppers use were actually historically necessary to survive not too long ago.

For example, in your grandmother’s early adulthood, she probably canned food for the winter, had guns in the house for protection, and may have even had a garden to help provide food.

Only a few generations ago people were much more independent and realistic about their needs. Back then it was not considered prepping, but living. Without planning for the future, you were doomed to fail.

6. They fight for freedom.

The Democratic Party usually argues for social freedoms, whereas Republicans promote economic freedom. Survivalists and preppers fight for all around freedom.

This group has been ostracized by the media and government and labeled as outcasts, doom-seekers, and even domestic terrorists. They strive for less government dependence and have viewpoints more in line with our founding fathers versus the modern socialistic trend.

7. They can be your insurance plan.

Obviously a preppers main goal is to prepare themselves for survival in the event of some catastrophe.

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They make plans, store up stock, gather resources, and ensure their safety during any kind of natural disaster, economic collapse, or even total societal meltdown. Though it is much wiser to prepare for yourself, if some emergency does happen then you will know right where to turn.

8. They help the entire community.

Even if you yourself don’t have an emergency kit or supplies, having survivalists in your community greatly increases your chances of survival in a disaster situation.

The more preppers you have in your community the more likely your area can survive any disaster or economic collapse. Together a group of preppers provide the area with a variety of imperative survival skills, stocked resources for immediate needs, and of course the ingenuity needed to rebuild.

9. They are independent.

A skilled prepper has all of the necessary resources he needs to survive on his own, independent of any external situation. They have learned to become problem-solvers, innovative, and most importantly, self-reliant.

They generally live their lives without the desire or need to be told what to do, and love the individualism within others as well. They tend to favor freedom, socially and economically, and are rarely swayed by twisted politics.

10. They see the world differently.

Preppers and survivalists alike have the knowledge of what it really takes to survive in a completely different world.

Today’s modern human does not take into consideration how convenient and easy meeting our basic needs has become. Preppers, on the other hand, tend to appreciate resources, hard work, and luxury much more than the average person.

They generally shy away from the excessive consumption and waste culture we have created today. A person with a greater appreciation for everything in life is generally a happier person.

Preppers have been portrayed by the main media and government as loners and crazy doomsday-seekers, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are numerous advantages that preppers provide to not only their community but also to the nation as a whole for fighting for our freedoms and independent lifestyles. There are countless ways you will fall in love with a prepper, these ten just top the list!

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Top 10 Reasons To Use Green Energy

You are moving your family to a vast homestead in the country.

You have an excellent start on your prepper plan: a large wood pile, plenty of backup medication, a huge stash of non-perishable food and water filtration tablets, a strong method of home defense.

What plans have you made for alternate energy?

It is essential to remove your household from the grid. The following are the top 10 reasons why you should consider using green energy instead.

1. The inevitable energy crisis.

The fossil fuels (coal, gas, and oil) many Americans currently rely heavily on have become very limited resources. One day they will completely dry up. You need to ensure your home’s continued functioning by implementing green energy practices.

2. An energy crisis is critical.

Americans continue to drive around in gas-guzzling Hummers, leave lights on around the clock, and keep television sets running day and night. Once the fossil fuels are gone, panic will ensue. Cars will not be drivable. People will be at a loss regarding how they should function in this new, powerless world.

3. Water will be in short supply.

Without power, water will no longer magically appear from your kitchen faucet. There are over 300 million people in the United States alone. While it is usually easy to find a body of water, not everyone has the knowledge or means to ensure this water is properly and safely filtered.

4. The modern oven will no longer cook food.

Most American households are only equipped with electric or gas fireplaces and stoves. Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves have become unwelcome dinosaurs in our modern age.

5. All forms of communication will effectively be cut off.

Most people will not be able to get in touch with loved ones living far away. There are many devices out there that run off of solar or hand-crank power, such as radios, phones, and flashlights.

6. Solar panels are an excellent source of energy.

They are unbelievably easy and fairly cheap to build from scratch with tools and materials you can find at your local hardware store. The guide found here will give you all the information you need to build them. Solar power can be used as an energy source, it can be used to heat your water, and it can also be used to cook your food. It is clean, free, and readily available. Just ensure that you have a suitably sized battery bank to store your solar power for nighttime use and cloudy days.

7. Windmills as power generators.

Windmills as power generators are another excellent energy source that is easy and cheap to build by using the instructions in this guide. You will need to ensure you have an appropriate sized battery bank to store this wind power for times when the wind is low or not blowing.

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8. Hydropower is an effective way of generating home energy.

If you live near a flowing stream of water, you can build a water mill that will provide continuous power.

9. Vegetative roofs

Vegetative roofs are a fairly new enterprise for America, but they have been around for centuries and they offer many benefits to the user and the environment.

They provide insulation, reduce rain runoff, and you can even plant a vegetable garden up there. Get rid of those shingles and add some vegetation.

10. Geothermal is a method of using the internal ground energy.

In this technique, fluid is piped through the ground to capture the Earth’s natural heat. It is then piped into a geothermal heat pump located in the house. The pump then uses this energy to heat and cool your house.

These are ten important reasons to convert to green energy. There are many more reasons that can be found with a little research. In the end, the crucial question is just how ready do you want your home and family to be for an energy deficiency?


11 Must Read Books To Get You Off The Grid

This collection of books will provide you with tutorials on many aspects of the off-grid lifestyle that we’re all focused on building.

We have books included that teach you how to build your own eco-home, how to harvest water, how to generate your own power and even growing your own food.

In today’s day and age, many of us are planning on going off-grid, downsizing, homesteading, survival prepping or simply living a more “down to earth” lifestyle, it’s great to have access to information and tips from people who have already done it.

Check out the selection we include below. If you don’t want to spend money on the books, remember that the information on our site is free (we have more detailed courses that you’ll pay for as well).

(Note – Sovereign Survival is an Amazon Affiliate and makes a small commission on sales).

By clicking the image of the book, you’ll be re-directed to Amazon where you can purchase the book.

Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home

Earth-sheltered houses utilize thermal mass in order to create a low-impact dwelling. Written by a former contractor and founder of an eco-building school with 27 years experience. Rave reviews.

Earth Sheltered Houses

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Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels

144 pages, a collection of 20 tutorials from turning old windows into a greenhouse, building a chicken coop, making rainwater collectors and even making an algae bioreactor from water bottles!

Projects to get you off the grid

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The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

This book is another “cult classic” and teaches organic gardening, keeping livestock, preserving meats and fruits, and more.

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OFF THE GRID: Live in a Van, Truck, Trailer, or Motorhome

Author JJ Luna is an “interesting cat” as they might say here in California. He’s written other books about how to “disappear” and live as anonymously as possible (legally). This book is in some ways an extension of those ideas. You can save a ton of money by living in a vehicle – and he gives all kinds of ideas on how to do so effectively.

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Harvesting H2O: A prepper’s guide to the collection, treatment, and storage of drinking water while living off the grid

If you’re really living “out there” you’ll find out that while you can go without solar if you have to, you’re really stuffed without water. This book contains tutorials on the dangers of wild water, purifying your own water, water filter construction, distillation, rainwater collection, water storage, drilling wells and more.

Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution

I like the “realness” of this book. This is “real world” modern RV survival for someone who doesn’t have a huge budget to buy a big tract of land in the wilderness. Awesome for the modern nomad or drifter who wants freedom from the steel grip of the big mortgage.

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DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home

All manner of solar projects from passive solar water heating through to photovoltaic systems, and plenty of simple innovations such as “thermosyphon” solar heat collectors and clever reflector projects that cost little and provide energy!

DIY Solar Projects how to put the sun to work in your home

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DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle

All manner of projects including building a beehive, solar electricity, cold frame gardening, setting up a root cellar and more.

DIY Projects for the self sufficient homeowner

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Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

Forget GMOs for increased yields. Aquaponics is the answer, because it uses closed loop systems (make a note of this phrase, closed loop systems are going to become incredibly important in the years to come.) Aquaponics is an incredible way of creating what is effectively a maximum-yield “ecosystem” designed to produce healthy food. An essential topic for the “off-gridder”.

Aquaponic Gardening a step by step guide to raising vegetables and fish together

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Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1

The classic from Earthship pioneer Michael Reynolds. He has now created a whole series on this topic but this one is the original.

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Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition

This book is a “cult classic” covering how things used to be done before power tools and modern “conveniences”. Essential stuff from dyeing your own wool with plant pigments through to raising chickens and building a log cabin.

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The Truth About Solar Panels

It’s tough being self-sufficient in a society where everything is tied together.

Utilities lock us into a grid of water services and electrical energy. Well, it’s a little easier to survive the loss of water, the contamination of a water source. Top up a room with plenty of bottled water, and purchase some high-quality water filters.

Boil the water if you have to in order to survive.

Electricity has a few more challenges to cope with.

There’s the expense of a portable generator, and you need a constant supply of fuel to make this route realistic, right? Pause for a minute and think of one source of power far from the grid and available all day long. The sun is overhead, and the energy it radiates is free.


Solar panels have been around for decades.

Their reputation used to fall into the average, impractical category, simply because they lost more energy than they stored.

Today’s panels are a whole lot more energy-efficient, staying cooler, absorbing greater amounts of energy, and converting that energy into heat for your property as well as electrical power.

Even when the clouds have sent the sun away for the day, the newer classes of solar panels will still soak up any light filtering down. That’s a massive benefit if you’re preparing a cabin out in the backwoods, or even if you’re just getting your family residence prepped.

And, unlike older technology, you’re no longer using the solar panels just to warm water for a hot shower, cutting your utility bills.


You’re partway to cutting the dependency you have on the city grid, using the electricity generated by the solar panels to light your rooms.

It’s age-old, comforting peace of mind, knowing that when the power goes down, for whatever reason, you’re ready to switch over to your backup system, conserving precious fuel in your generator by using battery stored energy from the sun.

Argue against fitting these panels by saying you already have backup power from your basement generator and solar panel systems are too expensive to fit and install.

Well, that’s only partially true.

Inexpensive solar panels can be found at larger hardware stores now, and they’re a great deal more portable than they used to be.

A 50-Watt system only costs a few hundred dollars, while a larger system may reach upward of a couple of thousand dollars.

But, remember, this is free energy from the daylight sky.

It pays for itself within a couple of years.

Keep using the solar panels, heating household water, lighting, small appliances, and watch utility bills shrink.

The technology is there right now, in hardware stores and from dedicated manufacturers.

Okay, the 50-Watt and 60-Watt versions may only hold a limited amount of energy for lighting and low current devices, but this is portability that can fit in the back of a four-wheel drive vehicle and be ferried up to a cabin.

Meanwhile, the larger systems, expensive as they are, use larger photovoltaic cells and an inverter panel to convert DC electricity to AC and power larger appliances, filtering the power directly into the power distribution panel and cutting power bills by up to 50%.

Do your homework and buy the system that suits you.

A full scale residential system costs serious cash, but it pays for itself, absorbing free sunlight.video5

Visit your electronics store or local hardware store and look for a portable version, buying solar panels to fit any need, from log cabin in the woods to emergency solution for unscheduled blackouts. Feel the peace of mind from generating your own power.