We are happy to report that we are fully powered up. Thanks to you and our project partners at SunEdison, Soluz and SolarWave, who provided additional support on this project, The Mariposa Center for Girls is now one of the largest educational facilities in the Dominican Republic that is completely powered by green energy. This milestone comes at an extremely significant time as the United Nations has declared 2014 as the first year of the "Decade of Sustainable Energy for All" which has a special focus on the links between energy, women and health. Because of your support, we are able to invest additional resources in education and training for our girls and local community members, putting us at the forefront of this important global clean energy movement.
Richard Hansen, CEO and Founder of Soluz, Mariposa Advisory Board member and pioneer in bringing solar energy to the Dominican Republic is committed to connecting organizations to provide energy access to underserved communities: "Matching SunEdison to help the Mariposa Center for Girls was a natural fit. "Having access to reliable and sustainable electricity will improve theier quality of life. The Center and the girls will benefit from this program for years to come".
The entire Mariposa Center for Girls is now connected to the system. Powering a kitchen that feeds over 150 six days a week, 8 classrooms, 2 libraries, our main office and the pool! Our programs can continue without the "threat" of a power outage and our computers and refrigerators are safe from shorting out. We are also saving more than $400 per month on our electricity bills!
None of this would be possible without the generousity of thoughtful people like you, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The girls, families, volunteers and staff at The Mariposa DR Foundation
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