Solar Energy Now Powers Lil Wayne's Skatepark in New Orleans 9th Ward

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If there’s any place that understands the impacts of climate change first-hand, it’s the Katrina-flooded Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Today, with the help of Joule Solar Energy's solar panels and Louisiana's first solar tracker, a 9th Ward community center and skate park is taking a very visible step toward addressing the global environmental challenge.

Joule Solar Energy crew puts the finishing touches on solar array

We are proud to install the fist solar tracking system in Louisiana.

The community is now celebrating having the “greenest skate park in the world.” The skate park and 6kW solar tracker was commissioned at a celebration September 26 and included Grammy winning rapper Lil Wayne and representatives of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation. Make It Right builds healthy homes and buildings for communities in need. As part of making the project the as environmentally responsible as possible, Make It Right strives to add the most efficient solar electric system and turned to Joule Solar Energy to install the solar. Joule decided this was the time for the state of Louisiana to have a solar tracker and this was the exact job to do it.

Joule Solar Energy chose a pole-mounted dual-axis AllSun Tracker system. The tracker system is an industry leader and uses GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day dramatically boosting energy production, was heralded at the event as the first solar installation of its kind in the region.

The 6 kW solar system and solar tracker will produce approximately 10,000 kWh per year and supply the energy for the community center and skate park’s lighting, fans, and computers.

Joule Solar Energy, a local Louisiana-owned company and an AllSun Tracker partner, installed the system. Joule has installed more than 1.4 MW of solar systems throughout the Gulf South, creating sustainable savings for homes and businesses.

“The solar tracker provides the park affordable, clean energy. Lower power bills help keep the park sustainable for the entire community,” said Pierre Moses, Make It Right Solar’s program director.

Joule Solar Energy’s Ross Reilly and Julian Thomas, added “We were particularly excited to be involved in this unique project. Our goal is to provide cost-effective solar investments to our customers and this tracker, with its boost in energy production, makes good economic sense. We are pleased to know our work furthers the development of renewable energy, encourages environmental awareness, and takes us one step closer to energy independence.”

“We are thrilled to have an AllSun Tracker both providing a source of affordable renewable energy and a symbol of sustainability in a Ward hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. It’s a great symbol of hope for the future for addressing climate change,” said David Blittersdorf, CEO of AllEarth Renewables.

The AllSun Tracker is manufactured by AllEarth Renewables of Williston, Vt., which uses innovative technology to boost solar energy production by up to 45 percent over roof-top installations. The ground-mounted solar systems are designed for homes, businesses, non-profits, and commercial-scale installations.

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