Jeorge Newberry, a.k.a Solar George drove straight down to the Fla. Keys from Jacksonville as fast as he could when he knew Irma was due to hit in just 48 hrs. “I found a solid cement building at Summerland,” Key Airport, 30 min. from Key West “that belonged to my pilot friend who had evacuated, and stayed there through the storm. When the eye arrived, I went out into the calm, walked a hundred yards onto the center of the runway in front of me, it was submerged under two feet of water, and took pictures before, as the other side of the eye wall moved in. I had to retreat to my shelter.”
He said, “John, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. An army of first responders arrived at the airport so fast immediately after it hit including huge BLACK HAWK army helicopters, a caravan of cargo planes, and the airport is so full of supplies, and volunteers. I’ve been setting everyone up with solar panels, batteries, cell phone chargers, etc. My house was damaged, but nothing like so many others. At my house, I have two refrigerators, a freezer, fans, lights, and a cell phone charger all running on six Evergreen modules.” Jeorge also has a house and hanger at the airport as well as a ton of PV supplies, as he uses the hanger as his warehouse. “I’m so pumped up after being in that hurricane, and now I’m helping everyone out with all those old small little GE modules, (4″ x 6”)
“I’m so pumped up after being in that hurricane, and now I’m helping everyone out with all those old small little GE modules, (4″ x 6″) 12 volt modules you sold me. They work perfectly.” They installed a satellite dish at the airport so he and everyone around the airport and all the first responders had internet. The little high-quality GE modules were just what they needed. He had and STILL HAS tons of inventory of all this equipment right in his hanger at Summerland airport where he was one of the only “riders in the storm”.
Doors: one of their greatest songs:
Solar George deserves to use it as his own theme song, at least for a few years. He deserves it as much as anybody ever did, I think.
AND, he’s still there! I just hung up with him. He let me listen as another converted cargo caravan took off (and waved to Jeorge) as he did, out the window of the plane.
“A big electrical firm with 40 trucks is fixing the electric lines, that travels around the country just repairing elec systems after disasters like Irma. It snapped the old concrete poles in half!” Jeorge told me.
The whole conversation he was all hyped up saying stuff like, “It was so great I’d give anything to be in another one, it was such an incredible experience”. I’m not afraid to tell you that because he was very concerned about his friends and neighbors, he’s a great guy, his new name should be “Fearless Jeorge”.
I could tell you many crazy stories about Jeorge, how his family is so successful and famous in Argentina (great uncle was the first person to fly over the Andes and started their Air Force), all about his flying trips with me as his co-pilot around Yucatán and the Everglades, and he’s famous in the Keys where he has helped thousands of people in the keys to solarize their off-grid island homes for 40 years (he’s installed nearly 100 homes by himself). He’s been in the solar business longer than me, has built his own home, has several PV cars and is an electrical/mechanical genius, although he has blown himself up at least once, building a jet engine powered beer keg cooler. Best party guy and all around funny guy I ever knew too.
So if you know anyone in the Keys, where it’s a total disaster (they are opening the road to residents for the first time tomorrow), have them contact Jeorge. He’s willing to help and he said I can put this number out for those people who need to call him.
Here it is:
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