10 Years after Hurricane Katrina, Solar Starts Powering the City of New Orleans

published: 2015-08-27 18:38 | editor: | category: News

Marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana private company PosiGen Solar Solutions install a 25kW solar array atop the City of New Orleans’ resilient City Hall. SimpliPhi Power and Schneider Electric participated in the memorial and charitable event.

"PosiGen is proud to give back to this amazing city that we call home," said Thomas Neyhart, CEO of PosiGen. "Our company was created here, and as we continue to grow rapidly nationwide, we want to maintain our corporate headquarters here and work to create a more resilient and affordable New Orleans for all."

The 25kW solar array will generate clean power for the City Hall to reduce energy costs, as well as provide backup power in the event of power disruptions or a future natural disaster. It also helps fight against the extreme climate caused possibly by greenhouse gas emissions.

"Few cities understand the importance of energy resiliency more than New Orleans, and we commend PosiGen for their generous contribution to local sustainability," said Catherine Von Burg, CEO of SimpliPhi Power. "Using SimpliPhi's proven, non-toxic energy storage solutions will give City Hall clean energy even when the sun is not shining and the grid is unavailable."

"Schneider Electric is thrilled to be a part of the project and believes in creating distributed power generation and storage resources for communities like New Orleans," said Dhaval Shah, Product Manager of Storage Solutions for Schneider Electric.

Aaron Dirks, co-founder of PosiGen Solar, notes, "PosiGen's incredible growth in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina shows that the clean energy industry can be a major economic engine for our region in the coming decades, creating thousands of safe, good paying jobs for Louisiana."

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