Hot Dogs Put Sun to Use

Mary Smith and ‘Solar’ Bob Riley installing a donated solar system at the Esther Honey Foundation’s Rarotonga animal clinic.

Mary Smith and ‘Solar’ Bob Riley installing a donated solar system at the Esther Honey Foundation’s Rarotonga animal clinic.

Cook Islands News
18 Jan
 

The Esther Honey Foundation will be able to spend less time worrying about its power bills and more time helping animals in need following and thanks to a new donation. A new 10-panel solar system has been installed at the foundations Rarotonga clinic with its costs and installation all covered through donations.

Mary Smith, a New Zealand resident and frequent Cook Islands visitor, has teamed up with her Rarotonga-based friend Solar Bob Riley to see their bright-spark idea come to life. Smith has donated $10,000 and Riley $5000 to supply the solar system, with Riley writing off any installation charges to help put up the installation.

Smith has also been at work to help install the system during this current visit to Rarotonga. Electrician John Koteka is also helping keep the costs down by donating his time to wire up the system.

Smith said she had wanted to help out the Cook Islands community in some way and decided on making a contribution to the Esther Honey Foundation to help their work. A friend of Riley, she said she liked the idea of installing a solar system at the animal clinic to help reduce the costs of power for the foundation.

Esther Honey Foundation clinic director Gregg Young said the donation would make a difference to the service for many years to come. Young said power bills were one of the foundations largest expenses, aside from internet bills and rent. He said because the service received no government support, it relied on community contributions to keep afloat. Young said the solar system would virtually cover the foundations monthly power bill removing it as an expense. And if we need to move the clinic we will be able to take the solar panels with us, he said.

Read the Cook Islands News story here.