The Solar Sandy Project has concluded Phase 1. Our report on what we accomplished appears below:
The Solar Sandy Project began with a phone call to Solar One on November 5th. Chris Mejia of Consolidated Solar had mobile solar generators that he usually leased to construction sites, and he wanted deploy them to areas without electricity following Superstorm Sandy. Solar One, unsure what to do with this amazing offer, posted the request on Facebook. SolarCity saw it, contacted Consolidated Solar, and deployed the first generator. SolarCity then brought Solar One back into the fold, asking for help to expand the project and find more sites. Solar One built this website and launched the project on November 10th.
Over the course of 44 days, the Solar Sandy Project brought solar-powered electricity to 17 blacked-out sites in the Rockaways, Red Hook, New Jersey, Staten Island and Long Island. With these solar-powered generators, communities charged cell phones, powered lights, ran laptops, and even hosted a Thanksgiving dinner. To see all the locations we powered, check out the map below. And very big thanks to our partners SolarCity, Consolidated Solar and NYSERDA, and to our funders HSBC and the 11th Hour Project.
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- Yellow Suns - locations were systems were deployed in the last weeks of the project.
- Grey Suns - locations where systems were deployed but had been moved.
- Light Blue - Systems that have been deployed by friends and affiliates.
WHERE SOLAR WAS DEPLOYED
These are the locations where Solar Sandy generators were deployed:
Belle Harbor Yacht Club 533 Beach 126th Street, Belle Harbor
Veggie Island/Rockaway Taco 95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway
NY Cares Relief Center Rockaway Beach Blvd between Beach 123rd and Beach 124th St, Rockaway Beach
Medical Clinic Beach 106th Street, Rockaways
Boarders Surf Shop and Yoga/Massage Studio 198 Beach 92nd Street, Rockaways
VFW Post 2179 One Veteran Lane, Middletown, NJ (2 10kW generators)
SI Recovers Midland Beach Hub 1128 Olympia Blvd, Staten Island
Staten Island Jewish Community Center 1466 Manor Road, Staten Island
PHOTOS FROM THE SOLAR SANDY PROJECT
SOLAR SANDY PRESS
Check out these links to articles on the Solar Sandy Project:
NYC Economic Development Corp blog
Clean Energy Authority
The American Solar Energy Society
Natural Resources Defense Council
You can also see this piece on NY1.com about the Solar Sandy Project in Staten Island: http://www.ny1.com/content/