Solar Powered Lighting for Katrina Relief Efforts

Even as the Gulf coast braces for a second major hurricane, a company named SOL is working with the Louisiana State Police to install the first 30 solar-powered lighting systems at critically designated areas in and around New Orleans.

SOL, formerly Solar Outdoor Lighting, specializes in industrial-grade solar lighting systems. Keith Bloomer and Danny Freiberger of SOL have arrived in Baton Rouge to deliver and install the first systems, working with Lt. Charles Dupuy of the Louisiana State Police. The State Police have identified the first locations for the lights. Some will be used to light the camps housing state police from nine states around the country. Michael Sonnenfeldt, Solar Outdoor’s chairman, is also the founder of Tiger 21, a peer-to-peer learning group for high-net-worth investors. Tiger 21 members are providing a minimum of $230,000 in emergency donations to provide lighting to areas left dark by Hurricane Katrina. Sharp Electronics Corp. is also participating in the effort by donating solar panels with an approximate value of $40,000. “During the next phase we expect to bring lights to areas of New Orleans and beyond which would otherwise be without lights for weeks and maybe months to come,” Sonnenfeldt said. “These lights will be the first signs on a long road to recovery and will help stabilize local conditions.”
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