Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated Lumi*Solair for winning the 2013 Environmental Quality Award. Based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the company manufactures hybrid solar and wind streetlights. During Superstorm Sandy, six Lumi*Solair lights remained operational and nearly half were functioning in the Navy Yard, despite five feet of water and over 80 mph winds. The organization, which Senator Gillibrand nominated this past February, will receive the Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious honor for their commitment and significant contributions to greening the city.
"I congratulate Lumi*Solair for their dedication to creating a more innovative, resilient New York," said Senator Gillibrand. "From improving the city's quality of life, to creating new local green jobs, this environmental champion will help lead the way towards a green energy future for our city and our country."
"Lumi*Solair is honored to receive the EPA Environmental Quality Award," said Mr. Baldev Duggal, CEO of Lumi*Solair. "We are proud of our 'Designed and Made in New York solutions' for some of today's toughest infrastructure challenges. Lumi*Solair is dedicated to powering communities in an environmentally friendly way, from grid-free solar lighting to energy for telecommunication towers and traffic lights. We are thrilled to be recognized for our contribution to keeping our environment clean and this award will only reinforce our commitment towards a green and sustainable future."
Founded by Mr. Baldev Duggal to foster innovation in the clean tech industry, Lumi*Solair's lighting products eliminate the need for underground wiring to produce significant cost savings compared with traditional grid connected lamp posts. Lumi*Solair poles, made in the U.S., do not require any connection to the conventional grid through power lines, generating power on their own even if there is a complete shut-down of electricity in the area. Lumi*Solair's first major installation, located in the Navy Yard, has been lauded for its exceptionally low cost and high efficiency.
Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that have improved the environment and public health in EPA Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and seven federally-recognized Indian Nations), will be formally presented to New York organizations in a ceremony on Friday, April 19th at the EPA Regional Headquarters in Lower Manhattan.