Economy

Is the future of energy in Haiti? – Fortune Features


David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy, has been been in Haiti a lot since the 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 and left 1.5 million homeless, and he never goes alone. In June he led a posse of volunteers drawn from NRG’s 8,000 employees via an essay contest. In August he went back with his teenage daughter and some of her classmates from Choate. In mid-September, he brought along a group of wealthy friends, NGO leaders, corporate executives—and me.

We spent two days traveling around in a caravan of black and white SUVs visiting humanitarian projects where NRG and Crane are involved. Later we all got an email from a member of the group, Bechtel CFO Mike Adams, listing concrete ways we could help at one of the schools we saw: $14,000 for toilets; $4,000 so kids can wash their hands before they eat; $3,500 to construct a rainwater collection facility. Adams, the Crane family and Christina Weiss Lurie, co-owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, came up with $25,000 to outfit the kitchen and pay for the high fence that surrounds the school. The biggest item on the wish list was $100,000 to build and stock a tilapia fish farm. Crane, who has lots of friends in the NFL, is hoping four teams will pony up $25,000 each; so far two have. via  – Fortune Features.

 

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