Organizers came together Wednesday to empower a Brooklyn community left in the dark in the weeks after Hurricane Sandy
The Red Hook Recreation Center held a celebration after solar panels were put up.
Nearly a year ago, the center was unable to provide the community with the resources it needed because of sustained power outages that followed Hurricane Sandy.
"This was one of the places that was most impacted," said Mary Luevano, director of Global Green USA. "The solar panels that go up here will help power emergency services if there should be another storm. We hope there won't be, but if there should be."
"Times when there's an emergency, we won't have to close it down because we're going to have electric power in the rec center," said Bob Garafola, deputy commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The environmental nonprofit organization Global Green says it plans to fit five other community centers in New York and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy with solar power grids.