GoFundMe Campaign Will Send Emergency Solar Generation, Battery, to NOLA

September 1, 2021

GoFundMe:

DER Task Force is super excited to help raise money for the deployment of mobile microgrids in New Orleans.

If you aren’t aware, Hurricane Ida has knocked down nearly every major power line in the city, leaving this disaster and pandemic-struck community in the dark. Best estimates from the local utility suggest the power won’t be restored for a month, making emergency power access absolutely critical.

To help, we’re partnering with a non-profit called the Footprint Project. They’re a lean, mean, microgrid-deploying machine based in Minnesota with a hub of operations in Nashville. As we speak they are setting up mobile solar and storage throughout the city to complement the diesel/gas generators that are being deployed by others. Typical sites they deploy these at include community centers, medical centers, and fire stations, but they also target street corners and parking lots so people can charge cell phones, medical and mobility devices, use the wifi, etc.

With more money, they can bring on and mobilize more staff, ship in more solar/battery equipment, and operate more community sites. They have partnerships with local groups on the ground to provide power that are ready to go, and the supply chain is lined up, provided they have the funds.

Over just a few years of existence, Footprint Project has deployed solar and battery solutions to 10+ disaster response and recovery missions, providing emergency clean power access to 14,000+ US citizens. If you’re interested, check out the linked case studies on their efforts in Puerto Rico and Nashville.

We have vetted this organization, from both an energy expertise and general non-profit perspective, and they have our full confidence. They are a registered 501(c)(3), are ultra-lean and effective, and none of the key employees or leadership take a salary, so you can be sure all donations will go directly to getting emergency power to hurricane victims in New Orleans.

Donations will fund the following activities in New Orleans: solar hardware, battery hardware, refrigerators and freezers, staff (remote coordinators, reporting officers, solar logisticians), flights, lodging, food, admin, insurance, and overhead.

One Response to “GoFundMe Campaign Will Send Emergency Solar Generation, Battery, to NOLA”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Rather than the GoFundMe, I gave directly to

    https://www.footprintproject.org/take-action


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