Last week nine SunBlazers (the parts for nine SunBlazers) arrived from America. The IEEE donated the equipment and has worked to outline the process of assembly so that units can be built from now on in Haiti.
A warehouse has been secured and the units and all parts have been unloaded. This process took two days and required more Haitian strength and know-how than equipment. A forklift was ordered for the first day but it never arrived (it's carrier broke down), so on the second day another forklift was ordered. As it turned out, the units were unloaded with the flatbed that brought the forklift. The Haitian crew had it all figured out quickly and efficiently.
Yesterday was Sunday, so this was a day off. We will work six day weeks and expect the assembly process to go quickly. The team is a strong one, six men of which four are general laborers, one is an electrician and one is a carpenter. There are also two key Sirona personnel overseeing the process. The tools have been collected and now we begin the step-by-step process of turning the trailers into 1.5 Kw solar SunBlazer generators.
In the field the news is very good. After a month long process we are happy to announce that nine Operators have been selected in the St. Marc communes to run the franchises. All are eager and well qualified. In one instance, the Operator candidate secured the names of 200 customers to show how interested he is. Soon we will run training programs for them to ensure proper operation of the units and, more importantly, proper management of their franchises.
On Wednesday I will be presenting to the Haitian Rotary here in Port au Prince. As it turns out they are very interested in looking at energy programs, and I have a presentation that was prepared for the Johannesburg conference about our work in Haiti that is ready to go. This should be a great opportunity to tell more Haitians about this exciting program. This project alone shows how quickly, efficiently, and affordably light can be brought to 747 rural homes at a time.