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.
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 unit could be recharged on cloudy days.
Future Plans for Activation: Creating a replicable model
By piloting these prototypes, Veggie Rescue hopes to be able to further refine the design and build process to create an efficient and effective mobile solar cooler template that can be replicated to serve Santa Barbara County – and beyond.