GivePower deploys solar water farms in Kenya and Haiti
GivePower, a nonprofit that provides solar energy and clean, affordable water to the people who need it most, has set up two of its solar water farms in Mombasa, Kenya and La Gonâve, Haiti. GivePower’s desalination systems are operated exclusively with solar energy and battery storage and are housed in 20-foot shipping containers. You can convert 70,000 liters of brackish and / or seawater into clean, healthy drinking water every day. In contrast to most ground well systems, GivePower solar water parks produce higher water quality over a longer period of time, with practically no negative impact on the environment. GivePower has partnered with World Hope International in Haiti, who supported the project with a $ 250,000 donation as well as a variety of corporate and individual donors who helped fund both projects.
In times of unprecedented global challenges, clean water is paramount, and this is especially true in communities where there is a lack of health care. In the face of COVID-19, GivePower has acted urgently to move these projects forward and ensure these communities have clean water in time to combat any outbreak. The Haiti facility, which opened in late May, quickly drew long lines when the community signed up to buy water. The Kenyan Likoni facility began distributing water on July 27th. People really wanted to get clean water.
“The world is living in very challenging times and it is especially important to ensure that communities have access to reliable, clean, and affordable water to stay healthy,” said Hayes Barnard, founder, chairman and CEO of GivePower.
Water-borne diseases are the leading cause of death on the planet and 2.1 billion people lack access to a reliable source of safe and healthy water. While traditional solutions like wells or stormwater catchment areas work for some, given the brawniness of the groundwater and the lack of adequate rainfall, this is not a solution for people who live in arid coastal areas. This makes clean water very expensive, which leads to many people drinking the brackish water and becoming ill with it.
To ensure that as many people as possible can benefit from this clean water source, GivePower’s solar water farms have been designed to distribute the water to each region in a variety of ways. Clean water can be accessed by people directly on site, where a SmartTap system fills the exact amount of water required to fill a single person’s water tank. Each system can also provide larger quantities for those who wish to distribute significant quantities of water in carts or trucks. These stations also help create jobs for the community as each solar water farm is locally managed and operated.
“GivePower’s desalination system and the purified water it supplies to the island are very important. It’s the best water we’ve ever had, and at a price that people can afford. We never thought that such a project could be possible in our church, and it really is a gift from God, ”said Seraphin Guy Kenold, City Delegate of Anse-a-Galet.
“We are creating local jobs and building these projects in appropriate areas to reduce the travel time otherwise required to collect water every day,” said Michele Magee, President of GivePower.
These are the second and third GivePower projects of this type. GivePower’s first solar water park installation took place last year in Kiunga, Kenya, a small fishing community a few miles south of the Somali border. Another four projects are currently in development and are expected to be commissioned at the end of 2020.