I recently took a trip to Haiti to help my friend Rosedanie Cadet and her organization Helping Hands Noramise with their solar power system. Earlier in 2015 Noramise received a grant from the Rotary Club of San Juan County and Rotary International to install a 1,200 Watt solar PV system to provide power for lighting, computers and a water pump at the Noramise facility in the town of Limbe, in the northern part of the country.
I arrived a few days before January first, the Haitian Independence Day, when they celebrate the ending of the revolution in 1804 when the slaves united together to overthrow the French colonial power structure.
Every year Rosedanie hosts a community event on Independence Day. The day started with singing the national anthem and raising the flag, then included speeches and moderated discussions on topics important to the community.
Rosedanie and her kitchen crew had prepared a huge pot of pumpkin soup, the traditional meal for Independence Day. The event was well attended and festive.
The solar PV system at Noramise has a 48 volt battery bank, which is the preferred voltage for the PicoBoss and Capillary Grids. Currently there are two PicoBoss breakers in the system so Rosedanie can control eight separate Capillary connections for her neighbors.
As the Independence Day celebration wound down it began to get dark and I did a demonstration of the plug and play installation of a Capillary Grid.
We plugged some parts together, powered up some lights and charged some cell phones.
People liked it.
Later we installed a consumer circuit to a neighbor’s home. Here is her daughter reading under the bright light of a 5 Watt Capillary light.
Rosedanie had asked for theft and vandal resistant security lighting for the gate. I had brought some custom adapted LEDs and plastic globes with 1/4″ holes all the way through them. We drilled through the concrete pillars, then pushed the wire through, plugged it in and used a long bolt to attach the light to the post in a way that will be very difficult for anyone to remove or break.
Thumbs up for solar powered Capillary Grids!