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— Arcadia Power (@ArcadiaPower) April 23, 2019
The Minneapolis, Minn.-based Footprint Project supports sustainable disaster recovery efforts, and designs and deploys renewable microgrid systems to develop clean interventions. With this new partnership, Arcadia Power customers can now add $1 a month to their power bill to send solar power generators and infrastructure to communities hit by climate disasters through The Footprint Project, Natalie Rizk, Arcadia Power brand director, told Technical.ly. Arcadia Power has committed to doubling every $1 commitment made by its customers by May 31.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Footprint Project and hope that this is just the beginning of a long term partnership between the Arcadia Power community and The Footprint Project,” Kiran Bhatraju, CEO and founder of Arcadia Power told Technical.ly. “Sixty-two million people were affected by extreme weather and climate events last year. Responding with resilient, renewable energy has never been more important.”
Rizk said as soon as a climate disaster strikes, The Footprint Project team assesses critical energy needs using advanced algorithms to site and build resilient and renewable energy resources for those who need them most.
Will Heegard, founder and director of The Footprint Project, told Technicaly that when a climate emergency strikes, the project sends solar nanogrid systems to partner relief organizations like Mutual Aid Disaster Relief and Veteran Service Corps, local responders like emergency medical services (EMS) and fire departments and community groups that would otherwise use diesel generators for field power. This partnership will provide more funding to help deploy more disaster relief tech.
“We work closely with partners to size systems that meet critical needs – usually lighting, communications, and refrigeration – for aid infrastructure” Heegard said. “We provide energy assessment forms, open-source equipment designs, and sustainability metrics to make it easy for partners to choose a greener response plan, ultimately improving how aid is delivered to communities in crisis.”
This partnership announcement comes after Arcadia Power raised a $25 million Series B funding round last August, as the startup aims for nationwide expansion of its platform offering connections to renewable energy sources.
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