Images courtesy of Meds & Food for Kids
Meds & Food for Kids
Guillaudeux/Quartier Morin, Haiti
Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) is a charitable organization dedicated to meeting the essential nutritional needs of malnourished children, pregnant and nursing women and school children using Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs). By transferring skills and knowledge to Haitian men and women and engaging farmers to source local raw materials, Meds & Food for Kids is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty, and sustainably stimulating economic development within local communities.
Through our work with the USGBC, we were contacted to assist MFK with their facility’s energy-related challenges. The facility runs off a diesel 350kw generator for their electrical needs, and due to various regional challenges including a diesel fuel shortage in Haiti, production and progress was continuously being disrupted. The solution to this challenge involved finding a more reliable energy source to sustain the facility.
RTM is working with our client to design a solar photovoltaic system that will be able to provide up to 70% of their electrical needs and reduce the facility’s dependence on an unreliable fuel source. In turn this will also significantly reduce MFK’s diesel cost, allow them to run at full capacity, extend the life of their generators, and solve other regional issues such as pollution, noise, and night/weekend power needs.
Though the initial costs for a solar photovoltaic array are a significant investment for any owner, the payback period is expected to be less than five years and will be able to reduce carbon emissions by more than 400 metrics tons per year.