As Hurricane Isaac plowed into South Louisiana it decided that it wanted to hang around for a while. Currently the center is just above Baton Rouge, La and has been moving at 6mph all day. Essentially the City of New Orleans has been dealing with 40mph + sustained winds for the past twenty-four hours. The rainfall is now the biggest factor because the large amounts have no where to go, therefore flooding is an issue. Weather Channel recently reported over 20″ of rainfall in Audubon Park located in Uptown New Orleans.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capitol city, is being hit hard with wind and rain. The majority of Louisiana’s population lives in the I-10 / I-12 corridor. These are the areas that have taken on Isaac with full force. Plaquemines Parish has probably the worst damage thus far where waters of the storm surge rose above the levees. Other hard hit Parishes of Louisiana include, Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, St. John, St. Charles, Ascension, Livingston and East Baton Rouge. Residents of these Parishes will be out of the weather soon but the trouble will continue with the clean up and lack of power. Entergy has its work cut out when it commences restoring power to the millions living in the area.
Thursday and Friday, will be days of cleanup and restoring life back to normal. Assessment of damages will be critical to a swift and full recovery. More to come from ConstructionLawMonitor.com…
Guest Post: Sarah Smith – legal assistant at Wolfe Law Group, LLC.
It’s been seven years since devastating Hurricane Katrina destructed the City of New Orleans, and in that time the city has joined together to move forward in a positive direction to help rebuild the historical attraction. The pride and persistence of the residents have kept the city alive, and their determination has not gone unnoticed. FEMA has granted New Orleans $40 million to continue its transformation to a restored city. The grant has been allocated towards roadways in New Orleans and surrounding areas, New Orleans Museum of Art, LSPCA, Youth City Center, LSU Health Sciences Center, and LSU School of Dentistry. The bulk of the grant will go towards the Morris F.X. Jeff Municipal Auditorium in which significant damage to the electrical and mechanical systems, floors, walls, and seats will be repaired. This city has proven to stay confident and resilient through difficult times, and such a grant will add to the city’s positive focus. If you would like to find more information about the breakdown of allocations, check out Nola.com’s article.
On January 30, the New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu announced plans for what they are calling Contractor’s College. This cutting edge program will aid Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in becoming educated so as to allow them to compete in the market place with other more established construction companies.
Mayor Landrieu is quoted as saying:
“Contractor’s College is another great example of how we can build capacity among local businesses by removing obstacles that have prevented their inclusion in local opportunities in the past,”
“I am confident that this program will put DBE firms on equal footing with other companies as our City continues to recover and rebuild.”
The program is funded by a $1.042 mm grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is another step whereby the Landrieu administration has taken positive action to see to it that our business community is more competitive and fair. The Office of Supplier Diversity will oversee the allocation of the funding and run the Contractor’s College.
Those parties interested in participating in the Contractors College will need to fill out the Contractor Contact Form on the city’s website. From there you will receive further information on the program. Further information can be found at the city’s web-site or nola.com.
As Portland is in love with its green roof program, so too is New Orleans in love with Solar energy. And why not? We have lots of sun in the South, a very impressive tax rebate program (for now), and the city has been named as one of 25 American Solar Cities.
We’ve talked about solar energy and Louisiana’s incentives for its use on the Louisiana Green Law Blog here.
Here, we’re just going to identify some of the movers & shakers in the New Orleans solar market. This post is not an advertisement, although many of these links are to companies selling and installing solar equipment. But those who are identified all provide good resources for solar energy and keep up with news and legislation affecting the solar market.
Louisiana Solar Energy Society
The Louisiana Solar Energy Society has a great news section that will keep you up to date on legislation and nationwide news related to solar energy.
The Solar Installers
There are three companies I’ll highlight, because I think they’re doing the best job of marketing themselves online. This is not a comment to the services themselves…but simply just recognition that their websites and published information is useful to folks looking to learn more about solar energy and the Louisiana incentives for using solar equipment. South Coast Solar, Gulf Coast Solar, and Joule Energy.
John Moore & the Department of Environmental Affairs
New Orleans’ Department of Environmental Affairs was getting on its feet in the Nagin administration, but under Mitch Landrieu the department is really picking up some steam. One area where good work is being done is in the solar energy market. With financial assistance from the Solar American Cities program, New Orleans is looking to become a Sustainable Energy Financing District (commercial only for now) to help solar equipment penetrate the market.
Know any more movers & shakers? Give us your comments.
This article was originally posted on Wolfe Law Group’s topic-specific Louisiana Green Building Law Blog.