IEEE Atlanta PES Lunch Meeting: "Haitian Microgrid Installation - update"


Parking:  Free parking will be available in the GTRI parking deck.  Details will be emailed to those who register.


The Haiti Solar Project first began in Fall 2015 under the leadership of several electrical engineering graduate students. The primary goal of the original team was to design and install a 7 kilowatt solar energy system on a health compound in Haiti. The team designed a system of solar panels, power electronics and a battery bank to provide lasting sustainable energy for the health center. The year-long effort cultivated in the successful installation of the solar-panel system by a group of Georgia Tech students.

Following the project installation, the team was challenged to think beyond the original scope of the project and consider how the success of the installation could be scaled up. The students consulted with Georgia Tech alumni and faculty, as well as recruited other students with fresh ideas.

These efforts were met with the collaboration and eventual partnership with the design team of the Haiti Relay, a portable solar energy product that is ideal for the rural communities in Haiti. This partnership resulted in a new name and a new goal!

In May 2018, the GT Haiti Solar initiative distributed 25 RELAYs to local residents of Thoman, Haiti to assess the efficacy of the design in the country as well as the customer needs throughout the community. Moving forward from this pilot install, adaptations and improvements have been made to the product, as the team works tirelessly to deliver the best, most cost-effective product.

Now, the Haiti Solar Initiative is focused on finding a sustainable way to implement and distribute the Relay throughout Haiti while developing business skills of young entrepreneurs eager to make a difference in their country.

  Date and Time




  • GTRI Conference Center
  • 250 14th St. NW
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Georgia 30318

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  • Starts 27 February 2019 09:30 AM
  • Ends 08 March 2019 05:00 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern
  • Admission fee ?
  • Register


Angela Nguyen of Commonwealth Associates


"Haitian Microgrid Installation - update"


Angela Nguyen

Angela Nguyen is an undergraduate student in Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She joined the Haiti Solar Initiative in her freshmen year and traveled to Haiti in 2016 for the group’s first in-country solar system installation. Since then, she has helped develop the project to the scale it is today and is currently acting as one of the leaders of the initiative. She is passionate about working to solve Haiti’s energy crisis in a sustainable way and works closely with local entrepreneurs to do so. In her most recent trip to Haiti in February 2019, she and her team installed a solar system at a school and worked with two entrepreneurs to begin distributing the Haiti RELAY.

Address:Georgia, Georgia

Jake Smith


Jake Smith:

Jake Smith is a graduate student at Georgia Tech and will receive his Master's of Electrical Engineering in May 2019. His focus is on Analog Integrated Circuit design specifically for power applications. During his graduate studies, Jake has been focused on creating a Wireless Power Transfer demonstration device for Dr. Greg Durgin's Propagation Group as a GRA. He has also been working with Dr. William Hunt on developing a GaN time delay analog to digital converter for RF applications. After completing his MS degree, Jake will move into a role in industry as an analog circuit designer. Over the past three years, Jake has been a leader of the Georgia Tech Haiti Solar Initiative. During this time, he led the design of the Haiti RELAY, an inexpensive and portable solar powered charging station for cell phones and lighting to be used in the most energy starved regions of Haiti. Since that time he has led the installation of multiple PV systems in Haiti as well.

Address:Georgia, United States