WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER, 2012 |
Solar Sandy Project Launched
Three solar power companies have partnered up to help relief efforts in New York communities
severely affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Under the Solar
initiative, Solar One, SolarCity and Consolidated Solar have already deployed five 10 kilowatt mobile solar generators to help residents and relief workers get much-needed temporary electricity, with the first
three installed over the weekend in Rockaway Beach - the same area where
was recently situated - and one in Staten Island.
With fuel for traditional generators scarce and a number of fires caused by
their improper use, solar electric generators have been a welcome addition to
efforts to help get residents back on their feet.
"We’re lending a hand and doing what we do best - bringing solar power to
communities," said Shaun Chapman, Deputy Director of Government Affairs for
The project is seeking more plug and play mobile generators that can easily be
set up in these communities and solar installers and electricians who can assist
with deployment, installation, and maintenance of the systems.
"These generators are a lifeline to those without power and moving forward, we must provide for these contingencies when the grid goes
down," said Chris Collins, Executive Director of Solar One.
Another company, Voltaic, has had an overwhelming response to its Buy One Give One program
for its 3.4 Watt Solar Kits, running out of stock which it hopes to replenish
are increasingly being added to emergency power kits for households in hurricane or blizzard prone
The storm cut power to 8.5 million customers in 10 states and an estimated 84,000 homes and businesses in New York and New Jersey
are still without power due to flood damage from Hurricane Sandy. Last week, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a
ground-up redesign of the state's electricity system.
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