Sigora’s Pre-Pay Smart Meters are a hit at AmCham Energy Fair

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It’s probably a safe bet that unless you live in Mole-Saint-Nicolas, located in the far northwest of the island,  you haven’t seen one of our pre-pay smart meters in action before. It’s also likely that you wouldn’t know there is a utility company other than Electricite d’Haiti (EdH), the public…

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First Light – Latest News from Haiti.

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Mole St. Nicolas – Pilot Project from Sigora Haiti on Vimeo.

A few years ago we had a dream of electrifying a clinic in Haiti.
That dream has turned into a full scale Green Utility project. By 2025 we plan to electrify 2 million people with clean, reliable and fairly priced energy through the power of the sun and a new pay-by-phone pre-payment technology we have developed. Our goal is not to be a charity but provide a sustainable social enterprise. At Sigora we value big dreams, but what we value more is execution on those dreams. The end of 2015 brought our first customer live online providing them electricity 24/7.

Since starting our pilot project in Mole St. Nicolas, Haiti on December 21 (over 2 canceled elections, Christmas, New Years, Haitian Independence Day and a carnival), we have built from scratch a grid with over 100 activated clients who are buying power.

Some of the clients served are
– 1 clinic that serves 10,000 people
– 1 TV station
– 1 Radio station
– 27 small commercial customers including a much loved ice-cream making operation

Why are we doing this?
Take 30 seconds and imagine what life would be like without electricity. We’ll wait.

There is no running water, no 21st century health care, no modern education, no internet and access to information, no persevering of food, no Netflix! The list goes on.

But why does it matter that there are 1.2 BILLION people without access to reliable energy? Actually for a number of very good reasons, but for us the most important is the potential for positive human innovation. What will we discover next? Where will we go? What amazing new thing will we do? What will we figure out?

Without access to energy and information we loose these opportunities. Among these 1.2 Billion people that have no access to electricity and the internet imagine how many of them could do things so amazing they change the course of humanity? The next Marie Curie could very well come from a small village in Haiti but without access to energy and information she certainly will not.

So why electrify the world? Because light, because refrigeration, because charcoal-less cooking, because deforestation, because health-care, because education, because development, because internet and information, because communication, because enterprise, because desalinated clean water, because positive human innovation and … because it’s 2016 and we absolutely can do this.

Developing Solar and Wind-based Power Microgrids in Haiti

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As part of our mission to provide energy poor communities in Haiti with affordable, reliable power, we founded Sigora Haiti, a sustainable enterprise-based model designed to develop solar- and wind-based microgrids.  We’re starting with a pilot project in Môle Saint-Nicolas, costing $2M, which will electrify 5,000 people in phase 1,…

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Sigora’s own Midi Emanuel on the The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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If you’re near a radio in the DC area or near a computer anywhere else in the world, check out Sigora’s own Midi Emanuel on the the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU (88.5 FM in the DC area). He’ll be talking about his experiences in the earthquake and about Haiti…

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Electrifying Haiti: THE PLAN

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The past few days we have been dedicating our time and energy towards the social entrepreneurship side of Sigora. This year we established a Haitian sister company of the U.S. Sigora Solar, who’s mission is to provide Haiti with access to reliable, clean and ethically priced electricity – regardless of…

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Sigora Haiti is Open for Business

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AWESOME NEWS! Sigora Solar is now open for business in Haiti! Any friends of the company are more than welcome to use our office space in Port-au-Prince if needed; which is a work in progress – soon to be awesome. Sigora is working on creating a lasting relationship with the…

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