WATCH: New Mini-Doc, “Empowering Haiti”, Explores the Need For Clean Energy In Country


“Empowering Haiti” looks at how distributed energy technologies are enriching lives in the country.

Doctors at the Bernard Mevs trauma hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti once faced power outages while in the middle of performing surgery. They would scramble in the dark to keep the patient alive while they waited for their backup diesel generators to turn on. Those extra minutes could make the difference between life and death.

Now things are different. In 2013, NRG Energy installed a 100-kilowatt solar array and battery storage system at Bernard Mevs with support from the Clinton Foundation and contributions from leading solar technology manufacturers SMA, Unirac, Trina and Sunora Energy. Today, the hospital has reliable power around the clock.

A new mini-documentary called “Empowering Haiti” — produced by GTM’s Julia Pyper with support from the Ptarmigan Foundation — looks at how clean energy is providing many benefits to the country.

“It’s empowerment,” said Carolina Sada, entrepreneur and founder of Institution Mixte Union des Apotres, a school in the extremely impoverished seaside community of Cité Soleil.

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SOURCE: Greentech Media – Julia Pyper