Green News: Solar Power Brings Relief to Haiti

Green News: Solar Power Brings Relief to Haiti

Amongst all the grief, despair and disaster in Haiti there is a bright spot: abundant and free sunshine. In addition to the generous monetary support that's been donated to the nation, many solar power companies are using their equipment to bring immediate need to an electrical grid that has been completely devastated.

Haiti has long been an ideal environment for solar power and was already using solar ovens, solar-powered mobile water purification systems, unfortunate many of these systems were damaged during the earthquake. However, while most countries are looking to use solar power for future energy change, these solar companies are using their technology to bring immediate assistance to Haiti:

  • Sol Inc. is contributing more than 100 solar-powered streetlights, which are designed to be installed in less than an hour and can withstand hurrican-force winds.
  • Sun Ovens International is setting up a solar power cooking stations with their solar cooker products. At the time of writing, the company has sent two large Villager Sun Ovens, 160 Global Sun Ovens, 200 cardboard solar cookers and 2,000 Water Pasteurization Indicators to Haiti. One Villager Sun Oven is capable of making 1200 meals a day!
  • Faith Comes by Hearing is sending Haitian churches 600 "Proclaimers," portable, solar-powered audio players that have been loaded with the books of the Bible.
  • Intivation and Digicel are donating 1000 solar-powered mobile phones to be distributed to a group of Dutch aid organizations and Sèvis Finansye Fonkoze (SFF).
  • The Haitian Project donated a solar-powered mobile water purification system last year &mdash it has been recovered from the rubble and put back to work at a Red Cross aid station.
  • Worldwater & Solar Technologies is helping supply clean drinking water with their solar-powered Mobile MaxPure stations. According to their website The International Red Cross, German Red Cross, French Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, American Red Cross and Belgian Red Cross are distributing water from their pumping system.

Many of the above organizations are accepting donations, we encourage you to visit their websites to help.

via EcoGeek, MSNBC and eWeekeurope

(Image: The Haitian Project via MSNBC)

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