NRG Partners with DigitalKap to Bring Solar Power to Haitian Non-Profits, GHESKIO and SOIL
“Electrification” of new solar arrays provides clean, reliable power
PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 19, 2016--
NRG Energy, Inc.’s (NYSE:NRG) philanthropy program - NRG
Global Giving - joined forces with Haitian solar company DigitalKap
to unveil two newly installed rooftop solar arrays at Haitian
non-profits Les Centres GHESKIO (GHESKIO) in Port au Prince and
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) in Cap-Haïtien. Both
organizations received systems that total 20kW. The respective systems,
made up of nearly 120 photovoltaic panels, will generate 100% of
the electricity usage for SOIL’s operations and 70% of the electricity
usage for GHESKIO’s Family Nutrition Center, in the form of clean,
renewable electricity from the sun.
GHESKIO is an outstanding example of community-based health care.
Developed in response to the AIDS epidemic that began in the 1980’s,
GHESKIO’s services have expanded to meet the health care needs of
Haiti’s most vulnerable. “We have huge needs for electrical power. We
have a 400 KW power generator running all day to support the entire
complex. However, it reached its limits and the new Family Nutrition
Center could not be supplied by the existing power generator, this is
why the 20 KW solar installation NRG donated is important,” said Dr.
Jean William Pape, MD, Director, GHESKIO.
SOIL works to promote use of ecological sanitation (EcoSan), a process
by which human wastes are converted into valuable compost. “SOIL is
incredibly grateful for the beautiful solar panels that power our office
and compost site in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. The addition of sustainable
solar power has truly transformed our space - we no longer work
alongside the loud buzzing of our generator and we do not fret when city
power is irregular. The SOIL team can work in a consistently functional,
beautiful, and environmentally friendly space. We cannot thank NRG
enough for their support - we appreciate it every day!” said Molly Case,
SOIL’s Deputy Development Director.
The rooftop solar arrays were funded by NRG Global Giving, designed by
DigitalKap and installed by an all Haitian crew that had worked closely
with NRG’s technical teams on past installations so that both
organizations could benefit from a sharing of best practices and
“We have evolved NRG’s philosophy on giving to go beyond charitable
donations, which can hinder local businesses ability to compete,” said
Jennifer Brunelle, NRG’s Director of Global Giving. “It is critical that
our work is sustainable for the long-term, so we chose to partner with
an all Haitian company, which will help stimulate the Haitian economy by
developing employable skills and creating local jobs. This work will
help families in Haiti for years to come.”
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DigitalKap is a Haitian owned company that has been in operation for
over 4 years. During this time, DigitalKap has provided high-quality
solar system installations and maintenance on more than 100 solar
systems for homeowners, business, schools, non-profits and government
organizations. As a proven solar provider, DigitalKap has been a leader
in best practices for new solar installations, updating of existing
solar systems, solar street lighting, solar water pumping, cleaning,
maintenance, operations checks and renewable energy and system use
trainings in Haiti.
Created on May 2, 1982, our institution is the oldest in the world in
the fight against AIDS. The name GHESKIO French acronym for Haitian
Study Group on Opportunistic Infections and Kaposi Sarcoma was
established before AIDS had a name. Our mission has 3 objectives:
operational research, training and patient care. Our main international
partners are Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA and Fondation
Merieux, Lyon, France. We have become one of the largest care centers in
the Americas for AIDS and also for tuberculosis. We are also one of the
largest research and training centers for AIDS and tuberculosis in the
Caribbean, Central and South America regions. GHESKIO has been rewarded
by both the public and private Haitian sectors. GHESKIO has been
declared “of public utility” by the Haitian government, a designation
given to institutions deemed necessary for the welfare of the people.
The private Haitian sector created a foundation with 501c3 status,
Fondation Haitienne des Maladies Endemiques (FHAME) whose only mission
is to support GHESKIO. GHESKIO received many awards: Gates Global
Health, Institut de France Christophe Mérieux, Carlos Slim Public Health
Research, WHO STOP TB, to only name those.
The mission of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is to
promote dignity, health, and sustainable livelihoods through the
transformation of wastes into resources. We achieve this through
developing social business models around ecological sanitation (EcoSan),
a process in which nutrients from human wastes return to the soil rather
than polluting fresh water resources.
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