Footprint Project's "T5" Solar Trailer Powers Emergency Evacuation Center in Cloverdale, California
The Emergency Evacuation Center sourced power from the solar trailer via a manual transfer switch, a 4 kW solar array, an 8 kW inverter, and a 16 kWh battery made from repurposed Nissan Leaf Batteries. According to the fair's maintenance staff, the equipment was "able to power all of Warner Hall, including lights, fans, and many outlets."
The T5 trailer has previously been used at emergency and non-emergency events for pop-up tent phone charging stations, lighting, refrigeration, and sound equipment. The success of the solar trailer to provide power to a permanent infrastructure shows promise for future opportunities on how to power shelters and other emergency buildings safely and sustainably.
As 22 major wildfires in the state continue to cause power outages, structural damage, and major health risks to citizens, Footprint Project is coordinating with partners to identify and fill long term recovery needs.
With increased support and participation from local volunteers and its national network, the Footprint Project team will work to provide power to organizations and communities in need.
Footprint Project's mission is to help #BuildBackGreener after disasters by providing cleaner energy to communities in crisis.
About Footprint Project:
Footprint Project's mission is to help #BuildBackGreener after disasters by providing cleaner energy to communities in crisis. We dispatch mobile solar stations to power disaster first response and support long-term, resilient recovery. We help relief groups integrate sustainable technologies into their missions through hands-on training, design, and deployment support. In 2020, Footprint Project has deployed mobile solar stations to the earthquakes and hurricanes in Puerto Rico, storms in Tennessee and Iowa, a COVID-19 clinic on the US/Mexico border, the Minneapolis justice movement, and to the California wildfires providing direct access to emergency solar recharging for over 13,000 US citizens affected by disasters.
If you are interested in helping Footprint Project #BuildBackGreener during these trying times, we are currently seeking:
1. Cash - The most effective, flexible, and sustainable way to support disaster-affected communities. Donations can be made at https://www.footprintproject.org/
2. Clean Energy Equipment - Batteries, inverters, solar panels, wiring, in priority order. More information here: https://www.footprintproject.org/
3. Attention - Share our work. Attention helps us fund the first two. Follow and share at https://twitter.com/
For more information about why and how cash is best in disaster relief, you can go to the Center for International Disaster Information -- https://www.cidi.org/