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UB Law students research energy needs in Haiti

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Some University at Buffalo law students will present the results of their research this evening into how solar energy can provide a brighter future for the people of Haiti.

The students worked with the Solar Liberty Foundation, a Williamsville-based non-profit, in assessing energy issues in poverty-stricken Haiti. The problems in that country were compounded by the devastating earthquake in January. But as Haiti rebuilds, foundation director Paige Mecca says solar energy is an obvious solution to meeting electricity needs of its residents.

“We have many new projects in the works in Haiti, which include providing solar electrification (using solar photovoltaic panels to convert the sun’s energy into electrical power) to an orphanage of 68 girls who are currently living outside in makeshift tents,” Mecca said.

The UB law students who worked with her organization came up with some creative solutions as a result of their research.

“The presentations will offer creative ideas for turning these environmental benefits into funding opportunities to support the important work of the Solar Liberty Foundation,” said Robert Berger, a professor at the Law School and director of the Environment and Development Clinic.

The students will discuss their research at a free, public forum that starts at 5:30 pm Wednesday in O’Brian Hall on the North Campus.

Mecca, an alumna of UB’s Law School, says a solar electrical system provided by the Solar Liberty Foundation, powered a clinic that played a key role in treating injured Haitians following the earthquake.

By Mark Scott