The SOIL Farm in Cap-Haitien is Operating on 100% Solar Power

Thanks to a generous donation from the Meyer and Esther B. Mazor Foundation, the SOIL farm is now full sunny-side up, operating on 100% solar power! With the help of the plentiful and dependable Haitian sun, the 9 panels (each 40W), which are installed at the SOIL demonstration farm and nursery in northern Haiti, will be strong enough to realize our dream of 24/7 power – charging 8 batteries to power everything from lighting to refrigerator.

The panels are a great addition to our smaller set of solar panels that power the water pump. This system fills our tilapia ponds, hydrates our agricultural experiments, and allows our regional director and agricultural team to shower. The new panels are powering tools for construction projects, an office space, and perhaps some iced coffee for the fridge.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for developments in our new construction projects. We’ve included visitor lodging in our new site layout, so think about stopping by if you’re in the area.

Thanks to all of our friends and supporters who have helped SOIL to continually increase our efficiency and sustainability.

Special thanks go to the Meyer and Esther B. Mazor Foundation, Haiti Shipping Lines, and Javier and Fernando Valenzuela of Alter Systems for supporting us and making this fantastic new resource available for SOIL.

The following photos represent a selection of the tools, resources, and facilities that are now running entirely on solar power. Enjoy!

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