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Sustainability

Meet Some Solar One Green Workforce Trainees: STRIVE International

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STRIVE International is one of the city’s most respected workforce agencies, working since 1984 to “provide services to New Yorkers from all boroughs and of all ages, backgrounds, and needs. Services include employment, fatherhood and youth programs – all focused on the mission to help individuals acquire the skills and attitudes they need to overcome challenging circumstances, find sustained employment, and become valuable contributors to their families, employers and communities.”

Meet some STRIVE trainees and learn about their experience working with Solar One!

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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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Updates from the Solar Sandy Project

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We’re so very excited to be able to report that, thanks to HSBC and the 11th Hour Project, the Solar Sandy Project has been able to deploy 9 10kW mobile solar generators in communities that continue to struggle with the effects of Superstorm Sandy.

For the interested, here’s a list of the locations where the generators are currently being used:

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Solar Sandy Project Updates from This Weekend!

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MAx_generatorAs of this morning, two 10kw solar generators have made their way from Consolidated Solar in PA to Sandy-affected neighborhoods in NYC: one is operating on Staten Island at Father Capodanno Blvd. and Slater Blvd., and one at Beach 91st St in Rockaway Beach. Three more are on the way and we’re starting to get offers from other solar pros around the country.

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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.

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