March 2011: Rebuilding Haiti with solar power

You’ll be excited to hear that SELF recently completed the installation of three more solar electric systems as part of SELF and Partners In Health’s (PIH) Rebuild Haiti program. The PIH centers — hospitals at Thomonde and La Colline, and a women’s health clinic at Lascahobas — now boast a combined capacity of over 75 kW of solar power!

In response to the January 2010 quake, PIH developed a 3-year plan to help Haiti build back better. This included scaling up facilities throughout the central plateau. The larger facilities meant larger solar electric systems, and with support from our primary solar partners — SolarWorld and Outback Power Systems — we have now installed our largest installations to date.

In February, SELF installed two solar hybrid diesel systems at hospitals in Thomonde and La Colline. At almost 30 kW each, these installations are nearly three times the size of any previous SELF installation. These systems ensure a stable supply of electricity PIH needs to provide quality healthcare to their patients.

The third installation, a 16.5 kW solar electric system at the women’s health clinic in Lascahobas, is critical to the welfare of the Haitian women. This PIH clinic will provide family planning, pre- and post-natal care, assisted deliveries and caesarean sections, vaccination of women and children, and screening and treatment of HIV.

We are very pleased with the progress so far, but there is still much to be done. Plans are underway for the final installations at Petit Riviere and Verettes. The former will be SELF’s largest ever at 34 kW.

Thank you for all of your support as we continue to help the people of Haiti rebuild with stable, renewable energy.

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