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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-14-06 06:28 PM
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36. NGOs are already installing PV systems and building solar cookers in Haiti


While we were taking this trip, they were installing a satellite dish for an Internet hookup. We got that going for a while that evening, and later got it going for about 2 hours a day, using the diesel engine for power. As part of the course, we designed the PV power system for this "Ciber Caf", which will serve the local school and the peasants, who can pay a small hourly fee to get online for the first time in their lives. The first PV modules we made will go on the roof of the cyber caf when they are not being used to pump water, but they plan to make many more to get the 2 to 3 Kw we calculated will be necessary to run the cyber caf 6 hours a day every day. The hookup fee for the internet is $100 per month. and they hope to collect that amount from the users.


The next stage of the course were the two irrigation workshops. The first workshop site was a MPP nursery next to a small river, where we had to pump water about 8 meters to the top of the storage tank. We used a type of diaphragm pump, new to this work, that is normally used to circulate water through the bait boxes on Maine lobster boats. It is continuous duty and very efficient; we discovered that it would pump about 700 gallons per day using just one of the 35 watt PV modules made in Haiti (with a bit of extra electricity in the middle of the day, that can be put into a storage battery to run lights in a small home at night). We used the low pressure T-Tape to deliver the water to the fields in both this and the second installation, which was a much smaller head situation, but the diaphragm pump still proved to be a better choice than the marine bilge pump we also got working from the PV modules. The bilge pump only costs about $40 (instead of almost $100 for the diaphragm pump) but it needed 100 watts of PV module power and still didn't pump as much water in a partly cloudy day.

The course ended up with an evening Fiesta, with a real African flavor and a wrap-up session where it was decided that the Grupo Fenix now has a permanent relationship with the Haitian peasants.


Grupo Phenix has been providing the rural poor in Nicaragua with solar technology for many years...

Enersol has provided PV systems to 100,000 people in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Honduras...they create local solar businesses and micro-loan payment programs to fund make PV accessible to the rural poor.

Dulcis (May 2002)

Through a partnership with the Peace Corps, a local Catholic school, and support from the Weyerhaeuser family's CHERBEC Fund, Enersol provided a portable solar energy kit to run notebooks computers in this remote Haitian village. Enough power is generated to run the computers for 2 hours each day. The user population numbers approximately 20 high school students.


SWTDI is providing solar cookers to rural Haitians today...



SWTDI staff went to the Centre de Energie Alternative in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1994 to help advance solar cooking technology into the rural countryside. Solar cookers are becoming increasingly important in Haiti as deforestation is decimating fuelwood availability.


...and solar dealers/installers have been been doing business in Haiti for 23 years... ?

And how many nuclear plants are they building in Haiti???


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