Solar Sandy Project Brings Power to Storm-Affected Areas
Installing mobile solar generator in a retired firehouse, now a community center in Rockaway Beach, Queens, November 11, 2012. Photo courtesy Solar One.
By David Gilford, Assistant Director, and Luke Clause, Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation
Solar technology is helping New Yorkers recover from the unprecedented power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. With several of the City’s hardest hit areas still without power, businesses, nonprofits and volunteers have come together to install mobile solar generators where they are needed most.
These solar generators can be deployed quickly to produce electricity from sunlight quietly, safely and cleanly. For individuals and organizations without access to the electric grid, solar generators address vital economic and personal needs: recharging phones and electronics, giving access to hot showers, heating food, and running medical equipment.
Leading these efforts is the Solar Sandy Project, a partnership among Solar One, New York City’s green energy, arts and education nonprofit; SolarCity, a solar financing company; and Consolidated Solar, a distributor of portable solar generators. They have installed five mobile systems in the Rockaways, each providing 10kW of clean electricity. Each unit also has a battery backup to ensure that power is available even when the sun is not shining. Four other installations are already in service through affiliated efforts, with further installations planned in affected neighborhoods over the coming days.
As communities recover and rebuild, solar generators demonstrate the potential that clean technology has to promote resilience. According to Chris Collins, Executive Director of Solar One:
“Clean distributed power generation needs to be part of the discussion of how we rebuild our infrastructure. These generators are a lifeline to those without power and moving forward, we must provide for these contingencies when the grid goes down.”
For information on how to support the Solar Sandy Project, or to request deployment of a generator, visit http://www.solar1.org/solar-sandy-project/.