Sirona and IEEE/CSI members probably have a million stories to share from our recent trip. We delivered basic electricity to over 1400 people in rural Haiti and started six franchise businesses by delivering solar-based IEEE/Sirona Haiti "Sunblazer" generating stations designed to re-charge forty customer home kits each. The following blog entries will summarize the deployment of these first six units.
Deuxieme Plaine, near Petit Goave, is the home of our incredible Jatropha farming group. Their unit was delivered easily, towed by a very small Tracker jeep. The group operating this franchise is known by Sirona to have very strong organizational skills, and not only have they leased their initial 40 home kits, they already have a waiting list for forty more home kits. As we find more funding more units will be deployed. An Operator may have access to a maximum of five units, bringing power to 200 homes through their franchise.
I thought it might it might be interesting to show the highlights of this deployment by video. The best part for our team was being allowed to attend the first in-home battery kit installation. The pride of the field technicians in their new work was obvious, and the joy expressed by the family is something I will never forget. When the lights came on the wife cried, and when her husband got home he practically danced as he thanked us as best he could, in spanish.
Enjoy the following clip:
The term "IEEE" (the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is representative of the many subgroups and organizations within the IEEE and working with the IEEE that have participated in bringing the project to Haiti. These include the HTC (Humanitarian Technology Challenge group), the PES (Power and Energy Society), the NPSS (Nuclear Plasma Sciences Society), IEEE Canada, IEEE Region 9, Vodaphone, the UN Foundation, John Lorts Engineering and Nextek Power Systems as a sponsor as well as the dedicated employees who dedicated much time and energy to helping this program succeed. The term "Sirona" encompasses all donors, supporters and in-country partners who have helped to bring light to people in Haiti.