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T D6 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Business pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE care of themselves." AIDS and cancer. The nuns are Solar EWBI's only other U.S.-based taking them off the street and FROM PAGE D1 solar project - for a farm near putting them in schools," Eth- Mount St. Helens in Oregon - ier said. "We got involved with demonstrates the resilience of so- them about three years ago. We loans or rolling the cost of a so- lar panels, said Ethier. went over just on a goodwiI1 !ar system into the cost of a home "When Mount Saint Helens trip. The conditions just blew when it is first built, blew, there was about three quar- my mind. It took me about two He said switching to solar can ters of an inch of dust on the pan- months to get over it, and I still be an excellent investment for els. All we did was wait for it to choke up." long-term homeowners that pays rain, and once it rained it washed Kyabirakawa had existing for itself in short order. (the dust) off. There was no prob- electric pumps to fill reserve wa- "What I've found in this area lem. The systems were still oper- ter tanks. However, in an area is that there is a payback in ati0nal," Ethier said. where electricity is out between about six years. And the life ex- Ethier said he is surprised that 50 and 80 percent of the time, pectancy of these panels is the renewable energy sources like Ethier said the water supply was life of the building. So it can 'be solar and wind have not caught highly unreliable. anywhere from 25 to 50 years, on more rapidly in the U.S. The consequences of this un- So after six years it's al'l free "I come back to this country, reliable, limited water system electricity. You've paid back your and I can't believe that there is were palpable. initial investment and all that you not much going on with renew- "Women in these countries do are generating you get for free." ables. There is more going on most of the work in the gardens Ethier also points outthat when with renewables in developing and fields. They also pull buck- solar panels produce excess ener- countries than here in the United ets of water up from the well by gy, homeowners can actually be States." rope," Ethier said. "With this paid for selling electricity back Most recently, Ethier traveled system, you have a storage tank to their energy company, to the village of Kyabirakawa in with a faucet, and the wom- "The extra goes back into the southwestern Uganda to install en can just go there to fill their grid, and they get paid for that," a solar-powered water pumping buckets." Ethier said. "The utilities, by law, system that is providing a reli- The local hospital was unable are required to pay retail back." able source of water to a school, to use their flush toilets, and wa- And there are few, if any, up- orphanage and hospital as well as ter had t0 be carried in by chil- keep costs associated with a for local residents' daily use. dren in buckets - a situation that home solar system, said Ethier. "There's a lot of kids on was less than ideal for a hospital, "The systems pretty much take the streets because of malaria, where cleanliness is a top prior- ity. 50 or 60 years - long after I am "The next project is to put gone." flush toilets in the schools for The new pump was also able 2,000 kids." to draw much more water out EWBI replaced their aging of the aquifer, increasing the electric water pump with a new possibilities for local agricul- solar-powered pump. ture. "With this new pump, pow- "We found that there was ered by solar, all of the stor- about four and a half times as age tanks can be filled in 1 much usable water in the aqui- 1/2 hours," Ethier said. "That fer than what they were using," pump is going to be in there for he said. Engineers Without Borders International . ~i~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiili~iiiiiiiiiiiiiii~i!:!ili!i i ~ ~i i~i: !i~ii~i~i~ii!~i~ii~i~i~iiiiiiii~iii!iiiiiiiiiiii!iii~iiiiii!iiiii~i~iii~i:i!iiiii!i~i~i!ii~i!i~i!iJi~i~i~iii~!i~ ROGER ETHIER teaches middle schoolers about solar panels and electrical circuits. Briefs FROM PAGE D1 Bean is responsible for the de- livery and management of SBA's small business programs, finan- cial assistance, and business de- velopment program initiatives throughout the region. SBA's Re gion 3 serves a population of 29.5 million in seven SBA district of- rices and covers the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Mary- land, West Virginia, Virginia and the District of Columbia, "I'm really looking forward to the DyNet conference, meet- ing with business owners to talk about how SBA partners with the other federal agencies and the White House to ensure that the federal government meets their goal of awarding around $100 billion in government contracts to small businesses," Bean said. DyNet is sponsored by the 1-79 Development Council. For regis- tration information, visit www. or call 304- 680-7932. We,II beat any Charles Town or Ranson storage facility by SS/month 165 Philip Avenue Charles Town, WV Boat / RV / Climate Control (304) 724-7867 www. Charles Town, WV 725-5651,1-800-407-6144 Roger Mallei, Tree Experts European Facials for with this ad III IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIIII I IIII I II III II IIIII IIII I IIIIIIIIII IIIIIIIII IIIIIIIIIIIII III I I II patrdrz l'Ot d/61Y Please make note of our new contact information: Send legal notices to: iegals@spiritofjefferson. com Submit news or event listings to: news@spiritofjefferson. com Contact the Editor by email: editor@spiritofjefferson. corn Place an advertise- ment display or classi- fied to: ads@spiritofjefferson. com l W JEFFERSON ~,~D FAXM~WS ^DVO ^W 210N. George St. Charles Town, 304.725.2046 In recognition of National Doctors'Day, WVU Hospitals-East is proud to honor the highly qualified physicians associated with our hospitals. We are pleased to have brought nearly 150 new physicians to the area since January 2005 to better meet the healthcare needs of our community. !ii Today, we take time to show our appreciation to these caring doctors who are affiliated with City Hospital, Jefferson Memorial Hospital and WVU Hospitals-East. They have dedicated their lives to the well-being of others. We dedicate this day to them! I