Rolling Sunlight is a mobile solar power array strapped to a truck that Greenpeace built over 10 years ago that has been touring the streets of the Rockaways this week. This massive emergency energy provider is able to store 50 kilowatt-hours of power in a set of batteries housed within the truck. For residents of one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, the truck truly is like a ray of sunlight coming through to allow them to charge their phones and other devices to stay in touch with loved ones.
Many volunteers, including US Army soldiers and State Police, are doing what they can to help the thousands of people affected in the Rockaway Beach, Red Hook, Staten Island, and Breezy Point areas of NY and much of these efforts take time and energy. In addition to contributing to some of these energy needs, Rolling Sunlight is able to mobilize within a matter of just 15 minutes, according to Greenpeace.
Greenpeace was one of the first responders to the devastation in NYC, and they continue to help residents who need power for simple daily tasks. Though this is the only truck on the road that carries this particular sort of solar power array, it is an example of how diversified efforts need to be designed and implemented for disaster relief. What a difference 10, 20, or even 100 of these trucks would make for the tens of thousands of people that were without power for days! So let’s keep up the bright ideas and make a difference for the future.