Samstag, 22. September 2012

Schlüssel für Entwicklung

Solarenergie ist einer der Schlüssel auf dem Weg zu einer menschlichen Entwicklung in den Staaten des Südens. Die US-amerikanische Projektgesellschaft Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) hat, unterstützt von der Bill Clinton Foundation, mehrere Solaranlagen auf Haiti ihrer Bestimmung übergeben - im Folgenden ein rund 6-minütiges Video über die Rolle der Solarenergie in der Entwicklung - in englischer Sprache, gefolgt von einem Erläuterungstext.



SELF recently completed the installation of solar electric systems at 11 health care facilities and one hospital located along the southwest coast of Haiti. Through collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government of Haiti, the systems, with a combined power output of just over 38 kW, will help to improve the quality of medical services provided to more than 170,000 Haitians by powering lights, microscopes, centrifuges, autoclaves, vaccine refrigerators and other lifesaving equipment.

Almost immediately after the systems were made fully operational a host of benefits were being seen, including a birth at night. In addition, one of the clinics is now saving money from no longer having to purchase and transport the fuel previously needed to power a vaccine refrigerator, since it is now connected to the solar system on site. “A doctor cannot be expected to perform lifesaving surgeries at night without lights or power for medical equipment,” said Bob Freling, SELF’s Executive Director. “Now, through the provision of reliable solar power, doctors can treat patients at night, diagnose patients any time, and provide vaccines to patients in need – all while saving money by decreasing or eliminating the need for diesel fuel.”

Our work continues in Haiti with NRG Energy, Inc. to fulfill its $1 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to implement solar systems to power a fish farm, a Solar Market Garden, a micro-enterprise center, and 20 rural schools in the Boucan Carré region of Haiti. This grant was further substantiated by a $500k grant from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. The installations at Lashto Fish Farm and the first school, Bon Berger du Domond School, were completed earlier this year and were toured by President Bill Clinton, Bob Freling, our executive director, and David Crane, CEO of NRG.

Quelle: SELF

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