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Established in 2009, Solar Under the Sun emerged from the awareness within our sister organization, Living Waters for the World, of the profound consequences of energy poverty on essential aspects of life—clean water, education, and economic equity. With its close ties to the Presbyterian Church (USA), it was originally organized under the auspices of the Synod of the Sun (PCUSA’s regional governing body encompassing Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.)

Under the visionary guidance of Chris McRae, our inaugural Executive Director, a dedicated team of talented individuals came together to spearhead this endeavor. This collaboration first bore fruit in July of 2009 with the installation of a solar-powered clean water system at the St. Thomas Episcopal Parish in Arcahaie, Haiti. Furthermore, it began to scale its impact in May of 2010, with the first Solar Under the Sun training session at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center outside of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Since its inception, SUS has held twenty-four Solar schools (including one in Puerto Rico) and trained a diverse array of individuals with backgrounds that include technology, education, community development, family management, health, and business. These trained individuals have subsequently gone on to execute over 170 projects spanning 7 countries across three continents, creating a lasting impact in the realm of sustainable energy solutions for those in energy poverty.

Other Partners in this mission outreach are:
Living Waters for the World
Haiti Education Foundation
The Global Orphan Project
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center

The picture you see on the right is our first Solar under the Sun installation at Arcahaie, Haiti (July, 2009.)




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