This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

February 10, 2010

Florida Company Donates Solar Lights to Haiti

Sol Inc., a Florida manufacturer of solar outdoor lighting, is helping relief efforts in Haiti, pledging more than $300,000 in equipment and aid. The company's product combines a small solar panel and a battery pack to provide power for a high-intensity lamp that uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Following the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the island on January 12, killing untold tens of thousands, Sol employees have been in Haiti since January 19, working to install solar-powered light systems. Workers have helped bring sun-powered illumination to hospitals, relief camps, and food distribution centers in the quake's epicenter of Port-au-Prince. The company is continuing to work with U.S. officials and agencies to get more of the solar lights to Haiti.

Sol has assisted with solar lighting in other disaster recoveries, including efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Rita in 2005, Peruvian earthquakes in 2007, and tornadoes in Chapman, Kansas. Sol will be providing additional lights through a special ongoing Solar Lights for Haiti matching program it has established. See the latest Sol press releases, Sol's Web site for community outreach, and the "Dispatch from Haiti" on the Sol USA home page.