Clinton Foundation, NRG and Solar Manufacturers Partner To Power Hospital in
Haiti with Solar Energy
SMA, Unirac, Trina and Sunora Energy Solutions contribute to the first
completed project of a new partnership between NRG and the Clinton Foundation
to bring the benefits of solar to Haiti
PRINCETON, N.J., July 15, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J., July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG)
today announced the completion of the first project of a new partnership with
the William J. Clinton Foundation to continue bringing the benefits of solar
power to Haiti. An advanced solar panel power system was installed at Hospital
Bernard Mevs, one of the only trauma, critical care and rehabilitation
hospitals in Haiti, with contributions from leading solar technology
manufacturers SMA, Unirac, Trina and Sunora Energy.
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Solar power can help improve the quality and reliability of health care
delivery to the more than 10,000 patients that the hospital treats every year
by significantly reducing its dependence on an unreliable grid power system.
The 100-kilowatt solar array and battery storage system is also expected to
empower the hospital to enhance its life-saving services and equipment.
"The Clinton Foundation is continuing to support Haiti's long-term recovery
efforts and sustainable development by expanding clean energy infrastructure,"
said Bruce Lindsey, chief executive officer, Clinton Foundation. "I'm pleased
we've been able to work with NRG Energy on a new, complete solar power panel
system for Hospital Bernard Mevs that will enable the hospital to provide
quality health care for its patients."
Dr. Barth A. Green, President and co-founder of Project Medishare, added,
"Bernard Mevs is the only hospital in Haiti with neonatal, pediatric and adult
ICUs equipped with life-saving ventilators and life support technology,
requiring a reliable source of power. This solar energy helps guarantee the
safety of our precious Haitian neighbors afflicted with catastrophic injuries
and diseases while in the care of our Bernard Mevs colleagues."
When completed, the hospital will benefit from solar power in three main ways:
(1) The solar system will significantly offset the need for diesel-fueled
(2) The reliable energy source will provide the "always on" power needed to
protect sensitive medical equipment from regular power surges or outages that
can be damaging.
(3) The emissions-free energy source will reduce pollution.
NRG's partnership with the Clinton Foundation follows the 2012 completion of
the company's $1 million commitment made through the Clinton Global Initiative
(CGI) to bring the benefits of clean, safe solar power in Haiti to a fish
farm, a farm drip irrigation system, and 20 schools. NRG's continued
commitment to developing solar in Haiti will ultimately empower more Haitians
to benefit from thriving and sustainable economic development opportunities.
"This partnership will help to ensure the talented physicians at this critical
health care facility will have the reliable electricity and affordable grid
independence they need to provide quality health care services to all
patients," said David Crane, NRG President and CEO. "This project is a first
step in our new partnership with the Clinton Foundation, and the participation
of our solar technology partners will help us, together, advance NRG's broader
corporate strategy to alleviate energy poverty and promote cleaner energy
The project received support from leading solar technology manufacturers,
including SMA, Unirac, Trina and Sunora Energy Solutions, which donated all of
the solar panels, equipment and materials needed to install the Hospital
Bernard Mevs array.
"As SMA partners once again with this generous, visionary group, we recognize
the great need that Haiti has for reliable power sources that will improve
care and quality of life for the Haitian people," said Henry Dziuba, President
and general manager of SMA America. "Supplying inverters for the Hospital
Bernard Mevs solar PV system and joining volunteers in Haiti to install the
system was a true privilege."
"Sunora is pleased to support NRG and the Clinton Foundation as the
engineering, procurement and construction lead at the Bernard Mevs Hospital
solar project," stated John Plumlee, CEO of Sunora Energy Solutions. "Sunora
is dedicated to supporting initiatives such as this one, and past
installations in Haiti, to ensure the region has the dependable energy
required to provide these much needed critical healthcare services."
"Solar is smarter energy that will protect the hospital's vital functions by
providing a reliable source of power even in the case of loss of the
grid,"said Mark Mendenhall, President, Trina Solar Americas."Trina Solar is
proud to work together with our partners to provide our high-quality panels to
this worthy project."
"We are very excited to partner with NRG and the Clinton Foundation in this
team approachto ensure a safe and healthy environment for this children's'
critical care facility in Haiti,"says Peter Lorenz, Unirac CEO. "Not only
does this project demonstrates the value solar brings as a reliable energy
source to improve the provision of health care to Haiti, but it alsovery much
aligns with our parent company - Hilti - and their global commitment to
positively effect change in communities throughout the world. We are grateful
to be part of a permanent solution to Haiti's needs."
For more information on NRG's commitment to Haiti, visit
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The SMA Group generated sales of €1.7 billion in 2011 and is the global market
leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants. It is
headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented in 21
countries on six continents. The Group employs more than 5,500 people
worldwide, plus a number of temporary employees that varies on a seasonal
basis. SMA's broad product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every
type of module on the market and for all PV plant sizes. The product range
includes inverters both for grid-connected PV plants and for off-grid systems.
SMA can therefore provide an ideal inverter solution for all plant sizes and
types. Since 2008, the Group's parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has
been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and
also in the TecDAX index. In recent years, SMA has received numerous awards
for excellence as an employer and in 2011 and 2012 achieved first place in
Germany's nationwide Great Place to Work® competition. www.SMA-America.com/
About Sunora Energy Solutions
Sunora Energy Solutions is a design-build energy solutions company that makes
solar power cost-effective through proprietary innovation, scale, &
operational excellence in engineering, construction, and fabrication. Sunora
provides high quality, integrated solutions at the lowest total cost in the
industry. Sunora services a range of customers from developers to consumers
across the United States and North America that need affordable utility and
distributed power generation. Sunora is a privately-held, solar Engineering,
Procurement and Construction (EPC) corporation based in Phoenix, Arizona. For
more information about Sunora Energy Solutions, please visit the company's
website at www.SunoraEnergy.com
About the Clinton Foundation
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established
the Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen
economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by
fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into
measurable results. Since 2001, President Clinton's vision and leadership have
resulted in nearly 5 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS
treatment; more than 15,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning
environments; more than 55,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and
smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than
248 million tons of CO2 being reduced in cities around the world. And
President Clinton has redefined the way we think about giving and philanthropy
through his Clinton Global Initiative, whose members have made more than 2,300
commitments that are improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more
than 180 countries. For more information, visit clintonfoundation.org, read
our blog at clintonfoundation.org/upclose, and follow us on Twitter
@ClintonTweet and Facebook at Facebook.com/BillClinton.
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative
(CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to
the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought
together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds
of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and
members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300
commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million
people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these
commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.
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