Southern Louisiana communities hard hit by Hurricane Ida are now using the sun’s power in their recovery efforts. New Orleans Solar Company, PosiGen Solar, is partnering with the Footprint Project to deploy 12 solar power plants to disaster supply sites in hurricane-damaged areas. A dozen fire stations, churches and community centers damaged or destroyed by the storm and left without power now have lighting, fans, refrigerators and cell phone charging stations thanks to solar energy.
The PosiGen solar power plants in Louisiana are located in:
- Houma – American Legion/Cajun Commissary (Installed)
- Golden Meadow – First Baptist Church (installed)
- Avondale – Fire Station on S. Jamie Boulevard (installed)
- Laplace – Celebration Church River Parishes Campus (installed)
- Lockport – Fire Station Lafourche Parish #2 in Lockport
- Lockport – Lafourche Parish Fire Station #3 in Cut Off
- Port Fourchon – Police Station
Five more solar power plants will be deployed in Southeast Louisiana on Sunday.
Hurricane Ida recovery volunteers appreciate the solar power plants for helping bring their communities back to life. Tiffany Theriot runs the Cajun Commissary, an emergency distribution center on a tennis court in storm-ravaged Houma, Louisiana.
“Having these solar power plants has really changed the way we can help people,” says Theriot. “I am really at a loss for words. Since PosiGen and the Footprint Project provide us with solar energy, we can connect refrigerators to feed volunteers. We now have fans to cool people down. We have electricity to charge cell phones so they can contact their loved ones. We don’t have to worry about running out of gas. We don’t have to hunt for ice. We have all the energy we need to serve the volunteers who serve the people of this community, and it all comes straight from the sun. This gift of solar energy has really changed the way we work, and we are so grateful to PosiGen and Footprint Project.”
The 12 self-contained solar power plants include 30 solar panels that provide 11,400 watts of power, along with an inverter and dual battery pack that provide up to 27,000 watt-hours of electricity. PosiGen Solar has been working around the clock with the Footprint Project team to deploy these power plants in southeastern Louisiana. They are used by community volunteers to run refrigerators, ice machines, freezers, portable air conditioners, set up cooling stations and charging stations.
“We’re part of the community,” said Tom Neyhart, CEO of PosiGen. “Once we made sure our employees were safe, we turned our attention to helping people in these hardest hit areas. We’ve met some really incredible people dealing with extremely difficult situations that in some cases could have been helped or at least the damage reduced. It’s frustrating to know what work we’re doing now to power neighborhoods through microgrids, and energy storage could have been done before the storm if our state had a more holistic approach to energy. PosiGen is now working to install 300 solar batteries at homes in low-income neighborhoods so that these families aren’t left in the dark again. Everyone has the right to clean, renewable energy.”
The Footprint Project has been working to bring clean energy to areas of climate and humanitarian emergencies since 2017, but volunteers on the ground in Southeast Louisiana say this is their largest response operation to date.
Community Attorney Tatiana Sofia Begault and the First Responders Mutual Aid Relief Team, along with numerous other volunteers, are also helping with this project.
News item from PosiGen