Solar Soliloquy

Photo: NRG
Photo: NRG

Global Green USA continues to advance solar and renewable energy through catalytic projects for low-income communities. We helped bring a 120kw solar system to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, one of the schools we helped to green following Hurricane Katrina. I was there Super Bowl weekend to participate in a panel about solar and its future in powering our world with Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and others, as well as to help dedicate the system funded by NRG.

Last month, we were excited to see Los Angeles moving forward with the 100MW solar feed-in-tariff program -- part of Global Green USA's decade-long effort to get more solar in LA -- which will pay customers to produce solar on rooftops and help reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

Finally, we are moving ahead with our Solar for Sandy plans to help the communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Our goal is to get five back-up, grid-tied solar systems installed by the end of summer in places like Red Hook, Far Rockaway, Staten Island, Long Beach/Nassau County, and the Jersey shore on schools, community centers, and other facilities that can serve as emergency centers. The back-up solar system will power lights, mobile phone charging, refrigeration for medicine in more in times of disaster, and lower the operating costs of our partners during normal operations. So far, SunTech has committed to 30kw of solar panels, and we are looking for additional support.