Haiti is continuing to electrify villages with help. Today (April 19) NRG Energy’s philanthropic arm, NRG Global Giving, partnered with Haitian solar company DigitalKap to install rooftop solar panels at two Haitian non-profits: Les Centres GHESKIO (GHESKIO) in Port au Prince and Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) in Cap-Haïtien.
Thanks to the partnership both organizations received 20 kilowatt solar arrays, each containing nearly 120 solar panels. “We have evolved NRG’s philosophy on giving to go beyond charitable donations, which can hinder local businesses ability to compete,” explained Jennifer Brunelle, NRG Energy director of Global Giving.
“It is critical that our work is sustainable for the long-term, so we chose to partner with an all Haitian company, which will help stimulate the Haitian economy by developing employable skills and creating local jobs. This work will help families in Haiti for years to come,” Brunelle said.
The GHESKIO Family Nutrition Center provides community-based health care and opened in response to Haiti’s AIDs epidemic in the 1980s. Now it provides all sorts of health care to those in need.
“We have huge needs for electrical power,” explained Jean William Pape, MD, GHESKIO director. “We have a 400 KW power generator running all day to support the entire complex. However, it reached its limits and the new Family Nutrition Center could not be supplied by the existing power generator, this is why the 20 KW solar installation NRG donated is important.” The new installation will provide 70 percent of the Family Nutrition Center’s energy needs.
SOIL’s mission is to promote ecological sanitation (EcoSan) to convert human waste into usable compost. The array at SOIL will provide 100 percent of its energy needs.
“SOIL is incredibly grateful for the beautiful solar panels that power our office and compost site in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. The addition of sustainable solar power has truly transformed our space - we no longer work alongside the loud buzzing of our generator and we do not fret when city power is irregular. The SOIL team can work in a consistently functional, beautiful, and environmentally friendly space. We cannot thank NRG enough for their support - we appreciate it every day!” said Molly Case, SOIL’s Deputy Development Director.Tweet