[ABC Science’s write-up about solar storms](http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/03/06/3446150.htm) is a bit dramatic, but then they throw in this little fact:
> Now the electrical grids around the world are mostly old, fragile and overloaded. In the USA alone, minor solar storms already cause breakdowns to the grid that increase the cost of electricity by $500 million every 18 months.
It’s a little unnerving to realize that solar storms are already a fairly significant drain on our infrastructure. It makes me wonder if anyone is working on sturdier gear and if that gear is affordable.