New York Installer Organizes Solar Relief for Haiti

In Haiti, electricity was not all that reliable or easy to come by before the earthquake–and now, in a country largely still housed in tents, it’s more scarce than ever. For most Haitians, the only way to communicate is via cellphone, but they’re stuck purchasing electricity at sky-high rates from those who own diesel generators.

Enter Jody Rael of Chatham, New York, the founder of Sun Dog Solar, which sells and installs solar systems for residential and commercial clients. According to WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Rael is organizing a “solar relief effort” for the island, in conjunction with the locally-based Haitian Community Development Project. Together, the two organizations have raised over $10,000 to create a mobile relief station, basically a 20 foot box container, “wired to the teeth” with solar panels, as well as solar ovens, clothes, wheelchairs and other relief items.


image via WAMC, New York

The container will be sent via barge and then truck to a small village outside of the capitol of Merger, where associates on the ground, presumably, will set up and run the mobile relief station, offering free electricity, via the sun, for those who need to recharge cell-phones, laptops and other portable electronic devices. As for the future, Rael says his relief efforts won’t end here–he’s planning on continuing the collaboration with the Haitian Community Development Project to manufacture simple solar ovens in Haiti.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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