Elon Musk hard at work in his office. Photo: OnInnovation, CC
It's the Time for Giving
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX and chairman of Solarcity (yeah, he's a busy man), and Solarcity have donated a 25-kilowatt solar power system to the South Bay Communities Alliance's (SBCA) Hurricane Response Center in Coden, Alabama.
(From left to right) SBCA organizer Zack Carter, board member Stephanie Bosarge, and Executive Director Paul Nelson at the Coastal Response Center
"This summer's gulf spill was a stark reminder of the difficulty we face in reconciling the energy needs of the population with the need to protect the planet's vital ecosystems," said Elon Musk. "For the people on the front lines, like the families of Coden and others along the gulf coast, these difficulties remain long after news of the disasters fade from the headlines. I believe that we can make the change necessary to greatly reduce our dependence on the finite power sources that pollute our air and water and complicate our geopolitics, even if that change happens one rooftop at a time."
The 25-kilowatt solar power system is one of the largest in the state of Alabama. The solar arrays consist of 108 solar panels manufactured in Tennessee, and was installed by a team of SolarCity workers and area residents in November and December. The solar power system will produce an estimated 33,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which should offset between 90 and 100 percent of the Center's electricity use.(source)
While there might not be a lot of sun during a hurricane, but the system has battery backup, and if after the hurricane has passed the main grid is down for extended periods of time, those panels on the roof will be very useful (just make sure they can handle high winds...).
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