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Picture of three people lowering a stand-alone PV light.FSEC offers assistance and information on a range of photovoltaic (PV) applications for disaster relief, recovery and mitigation. Since 1992, when south Florida experienced major devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew, the center has been involved in numerous projects which include:

  • Studying the energy needs of disaster relief organizations
  • Evaluating and testing PV equipment for use after disasters
  • Conducting workshops
  • Providing technical support to various disaster relief and emergency management organizations and the solar industry
  • Designing demonstration projects
  • Loaning PV equipment for use after disasters

This work has been sponsored by the Florida Energy Office of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and industry.

Picture of three guys installing PV.Technical Assistance
This section gives a brief description of these projects, facilities and researchers available at FSEC to support disaster response, recovery and mitigation efforts using PV power.
Picture of a PV array at a disaster site.Equipment
A growing number of disaster relief and emergency management organizations use PV equipment in their daily operations. Learn more about PV equipment available for this specialized application in this section.

Picture of a training session.Training
FSEC offers training on a variety of PV-related topics that focus on the application of PV to disaster relief efforts.

Picture of a computer screen with the Find item selected.Links
For over 30 years, FSEC has been researching and working to help with disaster support, but we still don't know everything. Take a look at some of these links for more information.