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The initiative offers infrastructure resilience in the case of emergency to communities that were affected by Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy...

 

The Solar For Sandy programme will deliver at least five sustainable energy systems for low income communities in New York and New Jersey...

 

The systems will be tied into the grid and provide back-up solar energy that could be vital in the event of another major disaster...

 

The solar power solutions are being supplied by Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, the environmental non-profit founded by former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev...

 

The non-profit is committed to developing sustainable energy services for post-disaster communities... Including renewable energy and waste reduction, building greener and healthier environments...

 

Global Green’s first installation will take place later this year in Red Hook, New York, with support from IKEA the home furnishings company...

 

The innovative scheme that includes emergency back-up power was announced at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America, the social impact gathering organised by former US President Bill Clinton...

 

Hurricane Sandy wrecked power supply for weeks in many regions; however the new systems offer a range of basic services that will provide resilience in the event of another disaster, as well as power for vital emergency aid...

 

Lighting, mobile phone charging, and other basics will be provided for by the solar energy source; as well as critical services such as refrigeration for medicines...

 

The grid will also produce energy daily, help lower energy bills, and allow savings to go to important services for the local neighbourhood, says Global Green...

 

The first installation is planned for completion by October 29, 2013, a year after the Super Storm that shocked the world with its sudden ferocity...

 

Global Green is following up on similar work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina... Where the org has helped develop green schools and communities that promote environmental sustainability and self-sufficiency...

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