Sandy destroyed park tools. It destroyed educational supplies and program equipment. Flower beds are gone and topsoil is now mud. Trees are down and debris from the surge is strewn around the park. Solar1 flooded two feet above the floor. It is the most destructive event to have ever come to the park.
But Stuyvesant Cove Park will be rebuilt so that it can continue to be a beautiful public space. And Solar One will recover to continue to be a beacon of education toward a new energy future. If you would like to help:
- Donate money securely online to Solar One. All funds will be used to help rebuild our park and educational supplies. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept in-kind donations. We can’t put them anywhere.)
- Volunteer this weekend in a community clean-up effort to join with your neighbors to help remove debris from Stuy Cove Park. We will be cleaning on Friday 11/2 and Saturday 11/3 from 10am – 4pm each day. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
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Before our beloved Solar 1 was modified with more desks and air conditioning, it was deemed a ‘Net- Zero’ building, which means that it provided, on average, all of its own energy. But as mentioned in an earlier post, creating energy is not the only way of being ‘Net Zero’. A building must also use energy wisely in order to lower its energy demand in the first place, and Solar 1 does just that! In this post and the next few, we’ll be discussing the technologies that Solar 1 utilizes in order to reduce its energy use and be a great role model for green-energy buildings yet to come.
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Did you know that–in one way or another–all of the energy that we use (except nuclear) ultimately comes from the sun? Solar, wind, carbon-based, and hydro all depend on the sun’s light, heat and energy. Therefore, we are always looking for the best ways to convert the sun’s rays into usable energy. One exciting way is to convert the sun’s rays directly into electricity—and that’s exactly what Solar 1 does.
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You may have attended an event at Solar One, or jogged by through the park. You may have even noticed the solar panels on the roof, but what makes that little building so special? Solar 1- the building- is a 600 square foot structure north of Stuyvesant Cove Park at 23rd street and was a ‘Net-Zero’ prototype project by architecture firm Kiss + Cathcart that was created for Earth Day way back in 2000.
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