Renewables to the Rescue

From the US Department of Energy, a brief report on the role renewable energy technologies, particularly solar panels and biodiesel, are playing in the post-Katrina recovery effort. Among the details: DOE and the Florida Solar Energy Center are “providing solar electric charging stations to the town of Kiln, Mississippi, to help residents recover from Hurricane Katrina,” police in Louisiana are using solar-powered lights, and coastal towns south of New Orleans are using biodiesel provided by the Veggie Van Organization, West Central and the Naples, FL, City Council. Solar power systems in particular proves a life saver in disaster situations: “They provide a source of power when the power grid is down, and they don’t require any fuel.”

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