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Donations from Utah's Goal Zero to Sandy victims top $500K

Published November 27, 2012 9:32 pm

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Over the course of several weeks, Bluffdale-based Goal Zero has donated $594,670 in products, as well as other services, to victims affected by Hurricane Sandy.

In the wake of the storm, Goal Zero employees filled a 53-foot trailer with portable solar powered equipment and quickly mobilized the transportation to get supplies to New York. The company also sent a team of employees to the disaster zone to distribute the products that would power cell phones, emergency lights and critical home and health machines.

From Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, Goal Zero tracked all sales made at participating retailers, as well as at its online store, and matched the same in the form of an additional donation. With the help of SBA Global Logistic Services, which covered the shipping costs to New York, Goal Zero packed a second truck of rechargers and lights, and dispatched another team to distribute them.

"Our employees came to us with the entire plan of what to send and how to get it there," said Goal Zero President and CEO Joe Atkin. "We couldn't have made as much of an impact without the assistance of our amazing retail partners and everyone in Goal Zero Nation. With their help, we made the powerless, powerful."

Goal Zero manufacturers portable solar power systems that charge a variety of devices, from cell phones to laptops and refrigerators. The company also offers full solar energy systems, including solar panels, portable rechargers and accessories.

The firm works closely with its sister company, TIFIE Humanitarian, which is dedicated to empower people by establishing sustainable business enterprises that produce goods and services, and create lasting jobs.