Solar for Respire Haiti – Part 1

Solar for Respire Haiti – Part 1 – by Jeff Shaw

IMG_3384sI am excited to announce that the Gulf South Solar team is now officially scheduled to head down to Haiti on 9/21/15 to install solar. This is a trip that has been in the works for many years but the timing couldn’t be more perfect than now. Five years ago this month I was asked to accompany Megan Boudreaux and a medical mission group to Aquin, Haiti, the year of the earthquake. My task was to assess the existing solar power systems in place there, and recommend repairs and improvements.

Megan and I connected immediately and I could tell she felt that help for the people there was going way too slow.  Soon after that trip, Megan decided to go back down on her own to try and figure out what God was calling her to do. The short version is she decided to build a school for the Restaveks, child slaves, in Gressier.  The long version is… read her book, Miracle on Voodoo Mountain.

After she established her school, Respire Haiti, I decided I wanted to help her by providing solar power for the school.  I approached our solar panel manufacturer, SolarWorld, and they sounded interested in contributing. Years ago, if you had a worthy cause they would just send you some modules, but the rules have changed. So many non-profits and groups were asking for donations they had to put a program in place called Solar2World. The process became more like applying for a grant, with a board deciding the fate of the requests.

This process took time and effort, but much later we got the approval for 8 kilowatts!  I had been keeping Outback Power, our inverter manufacturer in the loop over the years this took so they would be prepared for when I asked them for a donation to the project as well. Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t right for them and they had already given out all the donations for the year. What we needed was sizable, an 8000 watt Radian inverter and all supporting electronics.  They did offer to reduce the price so we purchased everything else.

We shipped everything there and we are scheduled to fly down on October 21.

For Part 2 click here.


Why YOU Need Solar Backup Power

Why YOU Need Solar Backup Power
by Kassy Sanchez – Sales Coordinator


6.6kW Gonzales, LA (2)The sun is an immediately available, unlimited source of perfect, renewable energy. It has and always will play the most vital role in keeping our ecosystem alive and functioning. The power of the sun is there every day, available to all, completely underutilized, and completely free.

Our society’s ability to function lies in the hands of utility companies and their ability to produce, harness, package, buy, and sell energy. What if those utilities were no longer able to function? Scientist predict that in the event of a nationwide loss of electricity, half of the country’s population would survive less than two weeks. There are ways to protect you or your family in the face on an emergency.

So, why do YOU need Solar back Power?


Hurricane’s leave a path of devastation wherever they go. In Louisiana in particular, hurricanes are something we can count on. Though most summers pass without the any significant storms or damage, it would be irresponsible to assume that we will never face another super storm like Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the aftermath of these storms, people lose power for days, weeks, and even MONTHS! Power outages caused by weather are so common in the south that it is not rare to see a portion of the city lose power during an simple afternoon storm.

Solar Backup Power means that your emergency loads are immune to these storms. If the grid goes down and you lose grid power, your batteries will begin to supply your home with power in a matter of a few seconds. This is reassurance that your home and family will be safe and comfortable when disaster strikes.


Due to America’s large reliance on energy, our power grids make for an easy target. Our military bases have begun to invest in large solar powered backup systems, isolating themselves from the power grid. Is it time for the rest of America to do the same? Most of our power plants are well known, above ground, and unprotected. If our enemies gained control of our power grid, it would mean an indefinite outage for Americans.

Unless, YOU aren’t dependent on the grid.


It may not take a deliberate attack to shut down or disable our power grids. The technology that our grids rely on is from the 1960s. Since then, technology has improved tremendously but very little of that technology has been implemented to help sustain our power grid system. Why do we rely on such dated technology for such critical systems?  We don’t have to.


A grid failure, large or small, would cause nationwide panic similar to what was experience in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in the North East during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The very basic needs of our population rely on grid power. Our water filtration system need electricity to filter our drinking water. Refineries are powered by electricity. Food processing and cultivation system even rely on modern electrical technology. A gas generator will only help you as long as there is gas available and even our gas pumps run on electric power.

With solar backup, you are a step ahead of the rest. You are able to harness a power that will rise with you every morning without prompt or human interaction. It is safe and efficient. Your family will be safe and efficient with its help. There will be no need to panic in an emergency and you will be able to use your resources to help others and to insure the safety of your loved ones.

Invest in peace of mind.

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