San Leandro, CA – Wednesday 14 November 2012. Yesterday, a lot of New Yorkers saw something roll in they’ve never seen before: a mobile solar power generator. This particular solar generator has a 5kW+ solar PV array with massive battery storage and a hybrid backup 30kVA diesel generator on board to guarantee 24/7 electric power generation for emergencies.
The “SolaRover” generator was driven overnight from Colorado to New York to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Clean, zero-carbon-footprint, electrical power is created from the Sun and stored in batteries on the custom-built trailer. This is new technology who’s concept grew out of Katrina, as a response to the many problems of diesel generators that didn’t start, didn’t have enough fuel or couldn’t be reached by fuel trucks for resupply.
Today, Wednesday, 11/14, the SolaRover generator is in use at Citi Field (NYC response center) powering command trailers and lights.
Thursday, 11/15, the generator will move to the Rockaways, powering a local medical clinic at 196 Beach at 113th, Rockaway Park, NY. The generator will be in service here for at least several days.
We’re working to provide electrical power for victims of every natural disaster, to be put in place in strategic locations to generate electricity on a daily basis, and ready to deploy when the inevitable disaster happens. Solar generators are quiet, clean, emission-free, and require almost no maintenance. Compared with 25kVA-class diesel generators, over the 20-year lifespan of solar generators, savings of 40 to 70 percent or more can be realized. And that’s at current fuel prices.
SolaRover Inc. manufactures generators in Indiana, with most of its parts manufactured also in the USA.
Here are a couple of recent news links about the product whose president and CEO, John Spisak, is interviewed.
Early this year, General Russell L. Honoré, US Army (Ret), the “John Wayne of Katrina” saw the unit at the Int’l Disaster Conference & Expo in New Orleans, and was very impressed with it. He expressed the need for it for disaster relief universally. If hundreds of these units were deployed across the country, many lives would be saved or certainly made more comfortable during disasters. This is cutting edge futuristic technology at work today, helping people in a great time of need, and it would be wonderful if you got a look at the SolaRover in action. You also could see it on our website at solarover.com .
Last year we demonstrated an emergency water desalination-purification trailer, capable of providing drinking water to 10,000 people in an emergency, at the San Leandro Marina.
Renewables West, the premier dealer for SolaRover, provides mobile/portable energy from its trailer-mounted 2.5kW mobile solar power generator in the Bay Area. The SolaRover Mojave-1 solar generator has on-board battery storage of 30+ kWHours, and can provide 7.2kW of energy with a 10kW peak. The battery storage provides power for night-time operations and extended non-sunny weather periods. Our solar generator has provided power for a variety of music and event venues, green construction sites to help with LEEDS points, and it performs a role in providing rapid-response power production for emergencies and disasters, and disaster training for earthquakes in California.
Renewables West, in San Leandro, California, specializes in mobile, portable and emergency solar power systems. Renewables West is a division of Mr. Plastics, a San Leandro business serving Bay Area customers for over 27 years.
Contact: David Foster, General Manager, or
Mike Adelson, President
Renewables West, a division of Mr. Plastics
For mobile emergency response and industry applications of all kinds, Renewables West is pioneering renewable energy systems that can be deployed anywhere in the world. Our systems are good for the environment, good for the economy and good for business. All systems are easy to transport and deploy, and can fit in standard shipping containers.Diesel generators are a significant source of air and noise pollution around the world, and are more expensive to own and operate in the long run, especially in hostile environments.SolaRover and Renewables West design, develop and deliver rugged, reliable, efficient and compact US-made systems. We are delivering the best-designed solar generators to emergency-response agencies, the military and industry.