We’ve got our first Capillary Grid customers!
Our friend Rosedanie Cadet founded and runs Helping Hands Noramise, a non-profit community development and youth empowerment organization in the town of Limbe in northern Haiti. In early 2015, with support from San Juan Islands Rotary, Rotary International and Capillary Systems, Noramise installed a 1.2 kiloWatt solar PV system on the roof of the center in Limbe to provide reliable power for the computer lab, lights and mobile phone charging.
Town power service in Limbe is very unreliable. On many days the grid power is off for more hours than it is on. People are forced to burn kerosene lamps and candles to provide lighting on a regular basis. These energy sources are expensive and produce dangerous indoor air pollution.
The Capillary Grid system is designed to provide a reliable and affordable energy solution
The solar PV system at the Noramise center has enough additional capacity to provide basic energy services to some of the neighbors.
In early November Rosedanie took a PicoControlBoss breaker and four sets of lights and 12V DC power outlet boxes with her to Limbe. She has connected her first neighbor and is in the process of finding the next three customers for the first PicoBoss circuit. The starting cost for nightly service will be USD$1 per week. We are hoping that the neighborhood is interested in the service and we will expand the system to meet the demand.
This is the first actual revenue collecting Capillary Grid system in action and we are excited to support Rosedanie as she connects her customers and begins supplying pre-paid electric services to the neighborhood!