Currently, Prototype 2 is being retrofitted to add additional solar panels using a wing concept, increase the ability to cool 24/7, and maintain temperatures through days of overcast weather.
The Good Samaritan Bridge House Emergency shelter agreed to host the mobile solar cooler for a shared delivery point for several free meal programs around Lompoc. Brian Halterman, the Bridge House Executive Director, helped Veggie Rescue connect with local churches…
Veggie Rescue activated their first prototype for a mobile solar cooler to serve the Pilgrim Terrace Senior Community and refrigerate their CSA tower garden and community garden veggies.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile solar cooler moved to Los Alamos to support the Los Alamos Foundation’s weekly food distribution program, serving approximately 100 families per week.
Veggie Rescue was awarded $25,000 by SBCFAN’s Food System Resilience Grant program to build a second mobile solar refrigeration unit and launch field trials in various locations throughout Santa Barbara County.
The design was refined to increase the reliability of refrigeration and to create a template for future units. This second iteration is built on a 12-foot trailer and powered by the sun. A plug-in option was added so that the…
Having more refrigeration capacity enables Veggie Rescue to increase access to healthy foods, reduce more food waste, and raise awareness about renewable energy.