Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti.
View from my hotel.
and this is how a lot of Haitians are living, in tent camps.
The National Palace collapsed.
Rubble everywhere, and very little of it being cleared.
Life on the streets carries on as before... often people have set up stalls right underneath buildings that have been condemned and could collapse anytime....
Collecting water is a daily chore for the women, as in most developing countries.
The World Cup is on, and Haiti is a fanatic football country. Here are the supporters for Brasil, celebrating on the street after a victory.
View over the hills around Port-au-Prince, from the road to Petionville, the plush suburb of P-a-P.
Also quite far outside P-a-P tent camps have sprung up. They may be there for a very long time...
The cathedral in P-a-P also didn't survive the January 12th earthquake...
People collect rebar from the collapsed building, which is sold for scrap and exported to China.
Curious parrot in the lobby of the hotel. I've been feeding him/her sunfower seeds.
Not sure what his/her name is...
And pig in the streets, yes! :-)
Our first field trip, to Lacoline Hospital near Mirebalais, about 2 hours north of Port-au-Prince
Nicely made patient waiting area: a vine-covered pergola.
My second field trip to the Gonaives area, 3 hours north of Port-au-Prince, along the coastal road. This site is called Mandrin.
The US Army is sponsoring the building of small community centres, and we're going to put them on solar.
Total there will be 5 centres.
And they include a small school (this one is housed in a temporary building).
This school in Hatte was destroyed in one of the 2008 hurricanes.
It's now being demolished so a new building can be built.
The kids are going to classes in these temporary tents.
It's mango season! Been gorging on them already. Haitian mangos are very yummy!
MRE= Meal Ready-to-Eat. This is what all American soldiers eat when they're in the field. We had some for lunch. Not as good as the mangos! :-)
School at Desdunes. The Army is building more classrooms because these are overcrowded, as well as a clinic and community centre.
It was a holiday so the students were relaxing. :-)
New latrines at the school in Desdunes.
An attempt at rainwater harvesting... not (yet?) finalized....
One of my colleagues, Jeff Korcan
On our way to the first installation site, Hinche, May 23rd.
We passed a large hydro-reservoir.
Roof of the Hinche hospital TB & Aids wards. Our solar racks are waiting to be cemented to the roof.
Good advice in a country with a very high HIV/Aids count...
GES (Green Energy Solutions) crew working on the installation of the solar racks.
The monsoon is upon us....
The 100 kW hospital generator.
Some of the local wiring jobs... a bit of a rats-nest, as my American colleagues were saying...
An old inverter-battery backup system. Obsolete.
One of the 2 new inverter panels we are installing going up.
Meanwhile work on the roof continues.
Ventilation holes cut into the battery / control room.
Racks are done, solar panels can be installed.
The chief GES welder (right); job well done!
Each panel's output was measured before installation.
443 W/sq m. A cloudy day...
The mango season is also about to start.
Wiring up the panels.
and welding the bolt-holes shut, an anti-theft measure.
Checking the output of the strings.
Some shading on one of the solar arrays in the early morning.
Work in the control room continues.
Jeff and Frantz.
The second inverter panel goes up.
A one-day battery training course at the Hinche hospital.
The solar panels for the second array: 205 Wp panels, big guys!
Both the SunSense inverter panel (L) and the Solar Liberty inverter panel (R)
One of the battery terminals was damaged and had to be replaced.
Cleaning the battery terminals with a wire brush before installation.
Since it was raining every day, we kept the MC4 connectors closed to prevent water ingression.
View from the roof of the hospital.
Jeff keeping things nice and tidy! ;-)
All panels are now mounted in their racks. 2.7 kWp Solar Liberty racks in the front, 3.4 kWp SunSense racks in the back.
This neem tree unfortunately had to be trimmed and the locals overdid it a bit... :-(
Wiring up the SunSense solar arrays.
All wiring on the roof was put in metal conduits.
Our dining hall.
Cable runs under the panels.
Water delivery to the training centre where we were staying.
Conduits for the AC wiring.
Christopher and Carol who joined us for the installation.
Cable roll supports.
One of the combiner boxes on the roof.
The not-so-pretty hospital "incinerator". Toxic fumes wafted over the compound at regular intervals....
The 4 Outback FM60 charge controllers are mounted as well by now.
Cassagnol, Mme Aloude and Mr Petite D'or.
Evening out for some beers.
Fanes installing a connection box.
The AC distribution boxes.
SunSense battery bank.
The Hinche hospital grounds.
More conduit going up.
Lots of interest from the local boys.
In between TV watching at the Aids ward.
Jeff & Mike.
Mason putting in ventilation screens.
Training the local operators.
Fixing metal grilles for extra protection.
Checking battery fluid levels and topping up.
Start of the installation of the 10 kWp Cerca La Source PIH (Partners In Health) hospital installation.
Fitting the wires was sometimes tricky...
Pre-wiring the panels.
and installing them in the racks.
Polo fitting the locking strips (anti-theft).
You're NOT supposed to do this...
Again, measuring each panel before installation to make sure they're ok.
View from the roof of the CLS hospital.
The CLS church.
Frantz and Maurio.
Our storeroom at CLS Hospital.
An example of the standard of local wiring...
Dukel wiring up the panels.
Ironing seems to be a major pass-time in CLS hospital.
Ironing at the hospital.
Jude and Frantz in the CLS control room.
Carting in the batteries.
and interconnecting them.
The 4-inverter CLS panel.
Also in CLS a lot of rain in the afternoons.
The kids of the neighbourhood were very interested in all the activity on the roof! :-)
Jeff enjoying the beautiful sunset.
Sunrise at Cerca La Source.
Wiring up the combiner boxes.
Mike in the storeroom.
On our way back to Port-au-Prince we got into an accident. Luckily nobody got hurt.
Back in CLS. The rains have started and farmers started ploughing.
Wenzo on the edge of the roof.
The trench for the generator cable.
CLS hospital had a nice compound meadow.
Jeff and Wenzo at the new generator panels.
All cables were put in metal conduit (EMT).
Roof installation complete.
Mike, Maurio and Jeff
The complete CLS Outback Power system
Please switch off the lights... you're on solar!
Harry filling out the daily monitoring sheet.
The results of the new solar system were immediately obvious: lights on all night long.
On June 19th I moved into my new 'home' in P-a-P
First floor mezzanine.
And we went to the beach on my first day! Lucky me! :-)
Looking out at Ile de la Gonave
I went to MSF-Spain in Jacmel, on the South coast to install small solar systems at latrines in the displaced camps.
This is one of the camps, called Pinchinat
and the 28-cubicle latrine block at Pinchinat.
and the guard snoozing...
another much smaller latrine block.
the solar lights are there to improve security for women and children at night.
Monica, WATSAN coordinator of MSF-Spain in Jacmel showing one of the solar lanterns distributed in the camps.
This is d.light design's Kiran solar lantern
And the d.light design Nova
There are lots of artists in Haiti, and they've done a nice job on the latrines here!
Monica learning how to put the pico-solar systems together
View from the Jacmel hospital
Street scenery on the way back to Port-au-Prince
Croix-de-Bouquettes fish hatchery, partly running on solar and wind
Baby Tilapia fish
and 2-month old Tilapia fish
View from a small fishing village on Lac Azuei
The young Tilapia are kept in these cages
Weighing of the fish to see how much they've grown.
CNN was doing a report on the fish project
We continued our site surveys. Here we're at Petite Riviere PIH Hospital.
Inspecting the roof.
The hospital staff is completely careless is switching off lights (and fans) when they're not needed...
Checking the consumption of one of the laboratory instruments.
Petite Riviere hospital is very crowded (as are most hospitals).
This is the PIH hospital at Verettes, another candidate for a solar system.
The Venezuelans had donated and installed a solar system for water purification at Verettes.
Unfortunately the panels were overlapping... causing shading on one-another....
They were also pointing in the wrong direction...
The Hinche solar control room.
Lauture doing some maintenance work on the Hinche SunSense solar system.
We visited a "green" school at Port-au-Prince which is interested to use solar.
We visited Boucan Carre PIH hospital as well, where a 10 kWp solar system was installed last August.
The surrounding country-side at Boucan Carre.
Boucan Carre battery room.
Back in Hinche we installed some kWh meters on both the SunSense and SolarLiberty systems.
Another survey. At Lascahobas hospital this time.
Inspecting the roof at Lascahobas.
The surrounding hills at Lascahobas.
Lascahohbas battery room. A dungeon...
Back in Cerca La Source, we saw the new generator that was installed.
We also installed kWh meters in CLS.
On the way to Petite Riviere again.
Beautiful countryside. This is the rice-basket of Haiti.
From Petite Riviere on our way to Verettes, following the Artibonite river.
Nice little detail of the new pergola being installed at Verettes hospital.
Lauture carrying out the detailed load survey at Verettes.
Hinche hospital at night.
Starting early in the morning for our trip to Bouly, 5-6 hours by donkey (or on foot, which is what I did).
On the trail.
We had to cross the river many times.
Donkeys always look a bit sad, don't they? They're being abused and overloaded as everywhere in the world...
Market-day in Bouli. Hundred of people are making there way up "Petite Montagne" to sell their wares.
Fields of sweet potatoes.
Early morning glory,
Serious meetings with school teachers.
And more informal meetings afterwards.
Bouly primary school
One of the "schools" near Balandry. Looked more like a cow-shed...
Village watering point in Bouly.
They prepared a fantastic lunch for us in Balandry. We expected only rice & beans.
Lauture and Laurent during a river-crossing.
View from near Balandry, high up in the hills.
Lots of piggies on the way. This one was particularly pretty. :-)
and two very sweet little goaties.
Lots of funny ducs and ducklings as well.
And a very naughly little puppy going for my backpack!
The next generation of Haitians, facing an uncertain future in a failed state...