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Progress Report: What We Did Last Week

solar_charging_ASDespite 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!

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UPDATED! Special Thanks to Our Recent Donors

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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.

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You can still donate to our ongoing recovery efforts using our secure online payment system HERE.

DIY Solar Powered USB Charger

Photo-Jul-13-15-53-23Today we built a simple do-it-yourself solar USB charger that fits in an Altoid tin.  This little guy will charge most mobile devices that charge via USB using 2 rechargeable AA batteries and flexible thin-film solar panels.  All the parts we used totaled less than $30 and can be as low as $10 if purchased in bulk, which includes:

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2011 Was a Great Year for Solar!

bwaystagessolar_blogOver at GreenTech Media, they just released the results from their “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2011 Year-in-Review” done in conjunction with the Solar Energy Industry Association. It’s an exciting report covering a “record breaking” year for solar power in the U.S. and to highlight the good news, they pulled out the Top Ten US Solar Stats from 2011.

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