All eyes have turned to the City of New Orleans this week, as tomorrow marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in the city, killing almost 2,000 people and causing over US $100 billion in property damage. Even though the oil and gas industry is one of the area’s largest employers, the city has chosen to put a rooftop solar installation on City Hall.
PosiGen Solar Solutions along with partners SimpliPhi Power and Schneider Electric, are installing 25 kW of solar PV panels, energy storage and an educational monitoring display for the public. The rooftop solar installation will deliver clean power for City Hall to reduce energy costs, as well as provide backup power in the event of power disruptions or a future natural disaster.
“PosiGen is proud to give back to this amazing city that we call home,” said Thomas Neyhart, CEO of PosiGen. “Our company was created here, and as we continue to grow rapidly nationwide, we want to maintain our corporate headquarters here and work to create a more resilient and affordable New Orleans for all.”
It appears that Louisiana is embracing solar energy on ever increasing scale as PosiGen Solar was rated as #1 in growth in New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, and the 58th fastest growing private company in the nation on Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S.
“Few cities understand the importance of energy resiliency more than New Orleans, and we commend PosiGen for their generous contribution to local sustainability,” said Catherine Von Burg, CEO of SimpliPhi Power. “Using SimpliPhi’s proven, non-toxic energy storage solutions will give City Hall clean energy even when the sun is not shining and the grid is unavailable.”
Aaron Dirks, co-founder of PosiGen Solar, notes, “PosiGen’s incredible growth in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina shows that the clean energy industry can be a major economic engine for our region in the coming decades, creating thousands of safe, good paying jobs for Louisiana.”
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.