March 2013: Project Updates
BENIN: Four more Solar Market Gardens™ are up and running and another four will be soon. We also completed solar systems for two schools and a health center in Dunkassa and Bessassi, and next will be a micro-enterprise center, street lights and a drinking water distribution system in each of the villages.
HAITI: The very first Solar Market Garden™ in Haiti is a success! The system is located in Corporant and managed by Zanmi Agrikol, a sister organization of Partners In Health. For the last three months we’ve been monitoring its progress, and it’s been successfully growing okra, tomatoes, eggplant, and cabbage.
COLOMBIA: We are field testing three solar powered direct-drive vaccine refrigerators and the first commercially available direct-drive, battery-free vaccine icepack freezer to support immunization efforts at two remote village health posts. We are also planning on installing a solar energy based microgrid in the village of Sabana Crespo to power micro-enterprise facilities, a health clinic, and a school.
November 2012: Project Updates
JB Certain, our project manager in Haiti, reports on Hurricane Sandy’s impact; SELF solarizes 20 schools and installs a Solar Market Garden with NRG Energy, Inc. in Haiti; and eight new Solar Market Gardens™ are set for completion in Benin.
September 2012: 2011 Annual Report and new website launch
This past summer was a busy one for us, with our projects in Benin gathering momentum and many of our installations in Haiti coming to completion. Today, we’re happy to share with you SELF’s 2011 Annual Report and announce the launch of our new website!
June 2012: SELF powers 12 Haiti health centers and receives Grand Challenges Exploration grant
This month we successfully completed the installation of solar electric systems at 11 health care facilities and one hospital located along the southwest coast of Haiti.
March 2012: President Clinton visits SELF’s solar installations in Haiti
In 2010, NRG Energy, Inc. announced a partnership with SELF to fulfill its $1M commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to implement solar energy systems in Haiti to help revitalize communities in Boucan Carré, an impoverished region located in Haiti’s central plateau.
February 2012: Join SELF’s “ENERGY IS A HUMAN RIGHT™” Campaign
SELF has launched “Energy is a Human Right,” a campaign to provide a voice to the nearly 1.5 billion people around the world living without access to modern energy services, and we need your help!Read
December 2011: 2011 Year End Review
2011 was noteworthy for SELF and our beneficiaries. With your support, we helped thousands improve their lives through the use of solar energy. From Haiti to Benin to Rwanda, our fight against energy poverty continued, as did our efforts to raise visibility about this important issue on the global development stage.
November 2011: SELF’s 2010 Annual Report! Plus, a new video and our latest news…
October and November were busy months for SELF. We continued to raise our visibility globally by participating in prominent international energy conferences, garnering media attention, and winning a prestigious award for our work in Benin.
October 2011: SELF installs 100 solar streetlights in Haiti
As the summer months came to a close, SELF geared up for a busy fall. In September, we successfully completed the installation of 100 solar powered streetlights at two transition camps in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; participated in the Clinton Global Initiative and theUnited Nations Private Sector Forum; and made a commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative to scale-up our “Whole Village” development model in Benin.
August 2011: SELF participates in UN “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative
I just wanted to send an update to let you know that the Solar Electric Light Fund will be assuming a visible role in the United Nations’ 2012 “Sustainable Energy for All” global initiative, designed to engage governments, the private sector and NGOs to identify solutions in providing universal access to modern energy services to the 1.6 billion people worldwide living in energy poverty.
June 2011: National Geographic helps power Kalalé
Thanks to the support of our donors, the SELF has positively impacted the health and well-being of the villagers in the Kalalé district of Benin through our Solar Market Gardens (SMGs) and Solar Water Wells (SWWs).