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How Do You Like the New Solar1.org?

10.yearsSo you may have noticed that we recently redesigned our website. Nice, isn’t it? We tried to make it simpler and less cluttered, with easier navigation, especially on mobile devices and tablets.

But we’d really, really appreciate it if you’d weigh in with your thoughts, ideas and opinions.

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Meet a NYSERDA EDGE ROC: Samuel Man

Sam Man

The Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program offers local, regionally-based access to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) energy efficiency, renewable energy and research and development (R&D) programs.

NYSERDA works with 27 Regional Outreach Contractors (ROCs) strategically located throughout New York State’s 10 regions to extend NYSERDA’s program outreach to commercial, institutional, municipal, industrial and residential customers. Sam i soine of them; he works at Solar One.

Tell me about your background.
I was born in Manhattan, attended Brooklyn Tech High School then enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves as a communications technician.  I graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in Urban Planning and am currently taking classes at CCNY towards a graduate degree in sustainability.

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Cranksgiving 2013 Is This Saturday


Calling all bike enthusiasts! This Saturday, Cranksgiving returns to Solar One, and if you’ve never participated in this fun event that’s also a successful food drive, this year would certainly be an excellent time to start. The weather on Saturday looks good, and we expect at least 300 bikers- some in season-appropriate costumes like the gentleman in the picture above- to arrive at Solar One between 12:30 and 2pm to register, pick up the manifests with the items and stores they need to hit and plan their roots. Each rider should bring a lock, helmet and bag, and about $20 for groceries (although if you buy more stuff, you could win the “Most Generous” prize. Just sayin’.) At 2pm, they’ll be off! And of course there will be after parties…Please check the Cranksgiving website or Facebook page for the most complete, up-to-date information.

You can also read this great interview with Cranksgiving organizer Ken Stanek, courtesy of Transportation Alternatives and BikeNYC, by clicking here.

Solar One Awarded $2 Million EDGE Contract


newNYSERDAlogoSolar One was awarded a $2 million contract by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to serve as its Downstate New York (New York City, Westchester and Long Island) representative for a new NYSERDA program called Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE).

Acronyms aside, this is an extraordinary opportunity for Solar One to do the work it does best – promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental stewardship through education and outreach.

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Solar One Building Up and Running

Newsletter-228-imageFour months after Hurricane Sandy wrecked the Solar 1 building, we are excited to announce we are back in business!  Our floors and walls have been replaced along with the beginnings of a new stage.

The fresh floor tiles and paint make the building feel brand new and better than ever!  While there are still some minor repairs to be done, the education and park staff are very happy to be back in their home away from home, on the East River.

Thank you to everyone who helped resurrect the solar shack, especially Daisy, Chris, Gary, Josh and Marc.





Solar 1 Building Reconstruction Is Almost Done

As many of you know, when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Side of Manhattan on October 29, the Solar 1 building was not spared. Although our roof, walls and windows didn’t leak at all, the trapdoor in the plywood floor in the bathroom was pushed up when the bulkheads were breached, and the building filled up with about two feet of water. This was good news, for our computers and equipment, but bad news for our floors, the sheetrock on the lower parts of the walls and our baseboard electrical outlets.

Here’s what it looked like on Tuesday October 30, the day after Sandy:


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