15 Apr '17, 4pm

Wonder how #SmartVillage began? Learn about our first project in Haiti via @REWorld

Wonder how #SmartVillage began? Learn about our first project in Haiti via @REWorld

Just a year before the 2010 earthquake in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, IEEE members formed the Community Solutions Initiative working group (CSI) under the parent program Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) pilot of 2008-10. Aimed at making a major impact on reducing world poverty through new technology enterprises growing sustainable infrastructure, human empowerment and community prosperity, CSI teamed up with private industry to design, build and deliver a rapid deployment energy source for off-grid communities. The problem: Many charitable efforts around the globe have fielded personal-use home solar products of various capacities, but revisiting these systems shortly after deployment often finds them either in disarray or missing altogether due to theft. Only by breaking the conventional mold of charitable contributions could CSI’s lofty goals be realized. This ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/ugc/articles/2017/03/...

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