Solar Sandy Project, Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY, 2012. Photo: Max Joel
“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.” —Elvis Presley
The sun is the engine of our solar system. Each hour, it produces twenty-four times the energy that the world consumes in an entire year. Direct solar energy is one of the greatest untapped resources available to humankind. 2012 has been the warmest year on record. More Americans accept the reality of climate change than ever before. And of course, less than three months ago, New York City experienced the most devastating storm damage in our 388-year history. After Sandy, Solar One collaborated on the Solar Sandy Project, providing ten mobile solar generators to communities in the Rockaways, Staten Island, Red Hook, and New Jersey.
Our exhibit will encompass a variety of materials, including pictures of the installed generators, a solar thermal kettle made from the lens of a television set where festival-goers can see how quickly the sun can boil water, and a variety of local gadgets that can help make life more comfortable during an extreme weather disaster.