Get Lit Stay Lit

Resilient restaurants for the future of New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the best food cities in the world - and almost every neighborhood in our city has a great restaurant or two. When the next hurricane hits...... those restaurants could become the "first first responder" for our community. . .
we want to help empower them to serve their neighborhood.....

This can be done through solar + batteries, making each restaurant a micro-grid. Then, when the power goes out, that restaurant will still have power. Freezers and fridges stay operational, and lots of food is kept safe . . .
instead of throwing away thousands of pounds of food, the restaurant can use that to feed the community....

in addition to saving food waste, a "Stay Lit" restaurant can become a cooling center, a phone charging center, a food-distribution hub, and a place where neighbors can grab a little ice.....

additional benefits are:  less job interruptions, stronger small businesses, more compassion in relief-work (as it's local)

Each restaurant installation will cost between $60,000 to $90,000 - which is a lot, but that can save lives in the aftermath of the next hurricane....

Our goal is 300 restaurants, which would pretty much cover our entire city in a stronger post-hurricane safety net ....

We believe it would be a great investment in our city's storm-preparedness ......

you can listen to more about the idea here on NPR's Marketplace


Donate here to support SOLAR micro-grids for NOLA

Stay Lit is a project collaboration between

Solar For the Culture: jobs

We are developing a job-training-pipeline in partnership with Solar Alternatives and Louisiana Green Corps...
here is how it can work:

Feed The Second Line partners with a cultural group - like the CTC Steppers Social Aid and Pleasure Club seen below -
we survey their club membership and identify anyone who is interested in work in the green economy....

We then connect them with where they can go through a three month training program to learn the basics of Solar installation.....

Working with Solar Alternatives, can ensure their training program is meeting the needs of the industry - and preparing students for success.....

We work to also identify and eliminate any barriers - like transportation, which is a huge barrier for many New Orleanians.

"Get Lit Stay Lit" solar installations provide a safe-training atmosphere - helping students get real world experience.

After successfully completing the training program - students earn a bonus + we send additional support to their culture group, enhancing the buy-in and building a social support network to encourage students....

And most importantly, there is a job waiting for them upon completion of the program! Further certifications and career advancement can take place afterwards....

our partners in Get Lit Stay Lit

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