The fact that the little Solar One building was one of the only spots on the east side with power from Wednesday October 31 through Monday November 5 speaks loudly to the need that has been at the heart of Solar One’s mission from the first: that solar power is an important element in a new visionary strategy to deal with the challenges that Sandy has made all too clear are looming in the near, rather than distant, future. We welcome the conversation that needs to happen to get a much bigger share of our electricity from the sun!
Despite the damage at Solar One caused by Superstorm Sandy, we still managed to provide a vital service to our beleaguered community: solar power for cell phone and laptop charging! Even though our building was flooded, our power never quit, and we had our solar array up and running on Wednesday October 31- more than a week before many of our neighbors got their grid power back!
When Solar One sent out our call for volunteers to give us a hand after the hurricane, we thought we’d be lucky to get 20-30 per day. If fact, we had over 600 requests and over 200 volunteers come to help out between October 30 and November 3. In the very first days after Sandy struck, some of you came by foot- even all the way from Astoria, Queens. You came with friends, with kids, and some even came with cash to help us replace equipment and rebuild what we’d lost. High school and college students, neighbors from the blacked-out buildings all around us, people who regularly use and enjoy the park: you all came, and we couldn’t be more grateful for your support. That so many showed so much feeling for our little organization and our little park makes all the work ahead so much easier!
Barbara & Geoffrey Berresford • Lydia R. Brown • Ashok Chaudhari • Gregory Cohen • David Rockefeller Fund • Robert Day • Donna DeConstanzo • Penny Perez DeNormandie • Molly Dilworth • Lorrie N. Dirske • Chris Downes • FJC Foundation • Jennifer Freeman • Brian Gallagher • Arlene Gilbert • Kristin Gilson • Carson Harkrader • Jeffrey Hodgkinson • Sarah Holloway • Anne & Richard Hoyt • Terry Hueneke & Michael Ross • Ellen Imbimbo • Erin Johnson • Achyut Joshi • Amy Kates • Eric Lee • Judith Levine & Charles Komanoff • Sarah Manley • Angela Manno • Andrew McNamara • Mertz Gilmore Foundation • Colin Murchie • Heather Nesle • Dan Nuxoll • Elizabeth Rafter • Shawn C. Reeves • Michael Riefman • Rockefeller Brothers Fund • Ellen Witzling Roff • Christina Rosenthal • Nadya Salcedo • Reena Shah • Curtis Shepard • Charles Ryan Spong • Stuyvesant Cove Park Association • Daniel Sullivan • Mark Thompson • Virginia F. Thors • Susan Van Dolsen • Kay Vota • Ward Family Foundation • Lynda Faye Wertheim • Mark Willis • Suzy Zambrano
We want to express our sincerest gratitude to our recent donors who gave since the hurricane. Each and every one of you are a part of our rebuilding process, which, while far from complete, has gotten off to a tremendous start. We are on our way to recovery.
You can still donate to our ongoing recovery efforts using our secure online payment system HERE.
How can smart co-ops and condos turn pressure to “go green” into an opportunity to cut costs and comply with new codes?
This two-hour workshop, sponsored by the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums (CNYC) and Solar One, an independent contractor to NYSERDA, will present cost-effective ways to reduce energy expenses and have a healthier, greener building; details on the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program for energy efficiency retrofits and financing; an overview of new green laws and code changes; the conversion from No. 6 to No. 2 heating oil; and strategies for engaging owners in the greening process. Pre-registration is required due to limited space.
Check out this awesome video from the Wall St Journal about Solar One’s Green Design Lab program in the NYC Public schools! You can also read the article HERE at WSJ Online.
Big thanks to the NYC DOE and to all the partners and funders who have helped us this program a success. And congratulations to the Education Team on their incredible work!