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Clean Energy Store Update

Several months ago, we wrote to tell you about our vision for providing the town of Les Anglais with clean, inexpensive electric lighting. This vision arose from site visits made by EarthSpark International and our funding partner, the Comite pour Relevement des Anglais en New York (CRAN), a Haitian diaspora organization, assessment surveys of 265 households, and meetings with local NGOs and entrepreneurs. That vision – to develop a Clean Energy Store – is well on its way to being fully realized.

In late August 2009, the President of CRAN visited Les Anglais to meet with our implementing partner, a local NGO, about the status of the Clean Energy Store. What he found, within just a month of providing funding to our implementing partner, COREA, was unmistakable progress. It gives us great pleasure to report that after some delays arising from regional demand for concrete forms, construction is back underway. We expect the store to be complete by early November.

On October 14th, the first shipment of store merchandise is to arrive in Port-au-Prince after a two month long journey from China. This merchandise, one thousand 1.5 Watt solar lamps made by Barefoot Power, will hardly satisfy the unfathomable demand in the country of Haiti for electric light, let alone for the 25,000-person town of Les Anglais. But it is an impressive start. We view the pending completion of the store and the sale of these initial lamps with great excitement, as much more is in store. Early next year, this store will be used to pilot a Solar Home System micro-lending program, to train solar technicians, and to provide training on creating and using efficient cooking technologies.