Above: A time-lapse of “Team Orange” building their Sunkit. View the video on Youtube.
New Sun Road team builds portable solar generators for wildfire disaster relief in partnership with the Footprint Project
Respond Cleaner, #BuildBackGreener
This is the motto of Footprint Project, a non-profit on a mission to provide cleaner energy to communities in crisis. The New Sun Road team partnered with Footprint Project to build and donate two portable solar generator kits for wildfire disaster relief.
The New Sun Road team formed two groups to compete on fastest time to build. It was a close race, with both teams finishing in under one day! After hooking the systems up to our solar panels to verify performance, we delivered them to the Footprint Project team at the After the Fire Wildfire Leadership Summit in Sonoma, California.
Team Red (left) and Team Orange (right) race to finish their Sunkits.
After the Fire USA is an initiative of Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization created by wildfire survivors and experts to support communities of all sizes as they prepare for wildfires and recover, rebuild, and reimagine a more resilient future after a wildfire.
The two kits donated by New Sun Road went to the La Luz Center in Sonoma, California and McKenzie Valley Long Term Recovery in Lane County, Oregon. Each group intends to use the solar generators for backup power in the event of a grid outage caused by wildfires. The electricity will power refrigerators, air purifiers, electronics, and more.
New Sun Road delivers SunKits to the Footprint Project team and recipient organizations at the After the Fire Wildfire Leadership Summit
Orange Team captain, Jose Saavedra (Operations Specialist) reflected on the project saying, “Building the SunKits has been an absolute blast, and we couldn’t be happier knowing they’ll play a vital role in wildfire disaster relief in California and Oregon.”
Red Team captain, Sophia Haoui (Software Engineer) said, “This was such a great team building exercise! Everyone was eager to take part in the build knowing this will support those impacted by wildfires.”