In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, urban solar power took on a whole new role as a safeguard of power supply after disasters. After Hurricane Sandy knocked out power throughout much of New York City and New Jersey, entire neighborhoods were without electricity for weeks and even months. But just two days after the storm, Solar One, a small solar-powered education center on the East River, was able to turn on the lights and set up cell-phone charging stations using the solar panels on its roof.
Also in the post-Sandy recovery, several companies joined together to distribute mobile solar-powered generators to hard-hit neighborhoods without power. Even on November's cold rainy days, these generators provided light to aid stations and a means to charge laptops and cell phones. Watch the NY1 story or listen to the WNYC story on this amazing collaboration to help Sandy-affected residents.
These small solar panels provided critically important power to thousands of people during the long post-Sandy rebuilding period, when New York City was crippled with long lines for scarce gasoline, power lines down, and electric sub-stations off-line.