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Relief Vehicle Brings Power, Connectivity To Disaster Areas

Reliant Energy and its parent company NRG have deployed their “Power2Serve” relief vehicle to help those affected by recent flooding. It provides power and connectivity to groups serving communities affected by disasters.

Power2Serve vehicle and solar panels
NRG’s Power2Serve vehicle and trailer features 100 charging stations for electronic devices and Wi-Fi service so residents can access the internet after a natural emergency.

NRG’s Power2Serve vehicle is a self-sufficient truck and trailer that is power by a 10 kilowatt solar array, 20 kilowatt diesel generator and a smaller auxiliary generator. It’s powered by up to 60 kilowatts a day from solar panels alone, and features 100 charging stations for electronic devices and Wi-Fi service so residents can access the internet.

“Imagine an 18-wheeler that actually has power and solar panels set up on the ground. There’s generators and batteries so that people who are helping with disaster response, or people who actually don’t have power still and need to come to a place to get power, they can get power for small devices, tablets, phones,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of NRG Retail and Reliant.

The vehicle is designed to help after hurricanes, but Power2Serve has been in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Highway 249 near Tomball, helping flood victims.

“It’s been deployed more for flooding. If you think about the floods last year about this time, and then in Deweyville and now here in the Greater Houston area,” Killinger said. “But clearly it’s available for hurricanes. That’s what inspired it was hurricanes in the east.”

Reliant partners with a group of U.S. military veterans — Team Rubicon — which works with first responders, medical professionals and technology experts to get flood victims back on their feet.

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