Direct Global Power Inc. (DGP), a Niskayuna, N.Y.-based renewable energy project consultant, and SunShine Plus, a solar electric installer, have joined together to implement a backup solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system on the Dryades YMCA facility in New Orleans.
The Dryades YMCA system is the second largest PV installation in New Orleans, the companies say. Once the project is complete, it will provide power to the facility's 3,000 square-foot room, which will be utilized by both students and community, in the event of an emergency. With the backup battery bank, the system will provide the facility with running water, air circulation and lights for a short period of time.
‘The system, which will provide emergency power to key electrical loads, will provide a much-needed sense of security in a town that has been through so many unsure times,’ says Mark Ranalli, DGP's general manager. ‘The PV system, which is in its final stage of completion, is a welcomed addition to the already esteemed historical landmark, making it a beacon to the community.’
According to the companies involved in the project, a fire destroyed the 100-year-old YMCA in February 2000 – it was rebuilt in November 2005. The 20 kW system was scheduled to be installed in October 2005, but was delayed when Hurricane Katrina hit.