Gathered on a platform next to the roof of one of the two-story single-family homes in the Lower 9th Ward, onlookers watched as installers with South Coast Solar of New Orleans mounted a set of photovoltaic panels onto a metal roof.
The most important item on the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s agenda Wednesday was the one that was not discussed in public.
With state and federal tax incentives, solar panels are more affordable than ever, and since 2008, South Coast Solar has been combining energy-efficient measures with renewable energy for residential and commercial establishments.
The City of New Orleans has received a two-year grant as the result of being named a 2007 Solar America City by the U.S. Department of Energy. The purpose of the New Orleans Solar America City Project is to accelerate the adoption of solar technology in New Orleans.