SolarWorld Donates Modules to Make It Right Project

The latest home GSS installed for the Make it Right foundation was a particularly challenging installation. After the breach of the industrial canal, the original home was left uninhabitable after the storm and was the only one still standing after the flood waters rushed in. Miraculously, the tree prevented the rushing water from washing away their home. While the residents of 1708 had evacuated before the storm, four of their neighbors were left scrambling for higher ground as the flood waters began to rise. They climbed the tree to escape the rising flood waters and were able to jump to the rooftop of the only nearby home still standing. This oak tree stands today, next to the new, energy efficient home as a daily reminder of the determination and resilience of this community. The tree that means so much to the community also shades much of the rooftop. When the Make It Right Foundation started working on plans for 1708 Tennessee, the residents insisted that this tree be left intact.

The only space on the roof that was not shaded by the tree was a small area towards the front of the home. Gulf South Solar chose to go with the most efficient system available for this small space. In order to maximize the systems output, Gulf South Solar selected SolarWorld 175 watt modules and enphase inverters. When we told our manufacturer about this project, SolarWorld immediately responded by offering to donated all of the modules for this project.

The engineering team at GSS designed a non-penetrating mounting solution to secure the modules to the standing seam metal roof. This system securely attaches to the raised seam of the roof creating a framework that not only allowed the mounting of modules – It also supports the micro inverters. The micro inverters were selected for this project for their superior ability to maximize the power production for each individual module.

The homeowners love their new home and solar power system. Before the storm, their utility bill was running over $400 a month. Now, in their new energy efficient, solar powered home, their bills are about $30 a month.

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GSS’s latest “Make it Right” Installation on WWL

On June 30, 2009, Reporter Dave McNamera did an excellent piece called “Green 4 Louisiana” on WWL TV in New Orleans. Dave filmed our latest “Make it Right Foundation” solar installation in the Lower 9th Ward and spoke with residents of these new energy efficient homes. To see our team at work installing solar, click here.

Rally for Restoration

On the 1st day of Hurricane season, residents of the Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans City Councilmen and many environmental leaders are gathering at the Bayou Beinvenue Cypress Triangle Platform in the Lower 9th Ward to speak out to ask the Corps to make the protection of our communities top priority. For more information see:

Gulf South Solar will be providing free, clean solar power for this event with one of their solar trailers.

When: June 1st, from Noon – 1pm

Where: Caffin @Florida, on the water

Make it Right Foundation

Gulf South Solar was selected to install 9 – 5kW demonstration systems in the lower 9th ward for the “Make it Right” campaign donated by Brad Pitt. The systems were completed in one week in November of 2007 thanks to a coordination of volunteers. GSS was also hired to remove and package the 9 systems for future installations. Continue reading “Make it Right Foundation”