'Solar Sandy Project' Assists Hurricane Relief Efforts
Clean Edge News
Solar One, SolarCity, and Consolidated Solar recently announced that they are partnering to help power relief efforts in New York communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. They have deployed five 10 kilowatt mobile solar generators to help residents and relief workers get muchneeded temporary electricity, with the first two installed over the weekend in Rockaway Beach.
The groups launched the ‘The Solar Sandy Project’ to coordinate relief efforts within the New York solar industry, including volunteer efforts to support the deployment, installation and maintenance of mobile solar systems.
Since the storm, the New York City Fire Department has reported several fires caused by improper use of gas-powered generators, and with gas for transportation scarce across the tri-state area, solar generators provide efficient energy safely, and without the need for refueling. People can charge phones, power tools, and laptops; heat food; and run other critical equipment. SolarCity is covering the costs for the generators, provided by Consolidated Solar.
“Clean distributed power generation needs to be part of the discussion of how we rebuild our infrastructure” said Chris Collins, Executive Director of Solar One. “These generators are a lifeline to those without power and moving forward, we must provide for these contingencies when the grid goes down.”