March 2013 Newsletter

> BENIN

The first four of eight Solar Market Gardens™ are up and running, and we expect the other four to be operational in the next several weeks. As part of our Whole Village Development Model, we’ve also completed the installation of solar systems for two schools and a health center in each of our two pilot villages, Dunkassa and Bessassi, and will also be powering a micro-enterprise center, street lights and a drinking water distribution system in each of the villages.

> HAITI

The very first Solar Market Garden™ in Haiti is a success! The system we designed and installed is located in Corporant and managed by Zanmi Agrikol, a sister organization of Partners In Health. For the last three months we’ve been monitoring its progress, and it’s been successfully growing okra, tomatoes, eggplant, and cabbage. The ability for such high-value vegetables to be grown during the dry season in Haiti will greatly contribute to ensuring year-round food security.

> COLOMBIA

In the mountains of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are field testing three recently installed solar powered direct-drive vaccine refrigerators and the first commercially available direct-drive, battery-free vaccine icepack freezer to support immunization efforts at two remote village health posts. As a result of SELF being named a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, these initiatives are being funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

We are also planning on installing a solar energy based microgrid in the village of Sabana Crespo, located 1.5 hours away from the nearest city and electricity grid. Not only will the microgrid power micro-enterprise facilities, but it will also power a health clinic and the village’s school. The microgrid is flexible enough that additional solar power can be added as the needs of the community grow over time.

> TIMES SQUARE

SELF is in Times Square! Recently, the CBS Broadcasting Network donated advertising space on its “CBS Spectacular” jumbotron located in New York City’s Times Square. Check out our 15 second ad promoting the benefits of solar power on our homepage.

> BANNER ADS

350 Media, an exclusive green advertising network, also donated banner advertising space to SELF through its Charitable Impressions program. Our ads can be seen on leading green online publications such as Earth Techling, Sustainable Business, and Earth Times.

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