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Sol helps bring solar street light education to Haiti

The Solar Training Center at Haiti Tec in Port au Prince, Haiti, will have an EG145 solar street light on hand when the inaugural first-year solar technician class starts up in late October 2017. Brad Burkhartzmeyer and Carol Weis, members of the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) curriculum team, set up a solar technical laboratory at Haiti Tec for the training center, where the program will be held.

Sol is committed to dedicating a portion of profits to advance solar lighting in areas that need it most, yet may not have the means to acquire it. SELF was a perfect fit for our funding, as a world-leading NGO in designing and implementing solar energy solutions for areas without access to the grid.

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Solar street lights installed in Dunkassa, Benin.

We worked with SELF on a previous project in Benin, an African nation in the Gulf of Guinea, where three villages received lights for their market areas and general street lighting. “In a village where most people don’t have electricity, the streetlights have been transformative,” says Jeff Lahl, project director at SELF. “Small businesses have sprung up under the lights, people stay out later to socialize and many people have expressed appreciation for the greater security that the lights bring.”

The Haiti project will provide an opportunity for students to learn how to install a solar street light as part of their coursework. “We are thrilled that the students will have an enriched learning experience with the opportunity to use your products first-hand,” says Bob Freling, executive director of SELF. “We are so grateful to Carmanah Technologies [via Sol] for supplying reliable, high-quality solar equipment.”

Stay tuned for updates on this project once the program gets underway.

 >> In addition to supporting solar lighting training and education in regions experiencing energy poverty, we also support training closer to home. Are you a contractor who wants to install solar outdoor lighting in your area? Sign up to become a Sol Certified Contractor now.