Their faces filtered to protect their privacy, youngsters at Fundación Emanuel de Mérida A.C., a children’s shelter, are entertained by crew from Bulldog Solar, which donated solar panels to the organization. Photo: Courtesy

A children’s shelter at Chuburná de Hidalgo can worry less about the electric bill after a donation by Bulldog Solar.

Fundación Emanuel de Mérida A.C. received nine solar panels, installation included, as a gift from the Merida renewable-energy company owned by Canadian-born resident Erich Briehl.

Led by Jorge Canché, Bulldog Solar’s project manager, technicians also organized a gathering with the seven boys and five girls associated with the shelter.

The donation was made through a Bulldog client who had updated her solar panels and, at Briehl’s initiative, agreed to donate the still-good older panels to a nearby charity.

Other clients and friends of the company contributed to the gathering, an afternoon of burritos, soft drinks and snacks.

“When a client was replacing her panels, we saw it as an opportunity to do something good,” said Briehl. “After a conversation with Kim from Yucatan Giving Outreach, we were introduced to Fundación Emanuel de Mérida, and the plan was put in motion to install on their roof.”

The response of the children made it all worth while, he said.

“It’s something else to see the eyes of the curious youths at the shelter, watching and asking questions about what we were doing. I hope maybe we even inspired a few to follow a pathway in renewable energy as a career,” added Briehl. “Acts like this are a reward to your soul, and you feel good inside seeing the end result.”

Bulldog Solar, which started up five years ago, has promoted alternative energy sources while employing young Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana graduates, who donated their time for this project.

BayWa r.e. Distribución Solar / MX donated the microinverters and the racking, Winnipeg native Michelle Levins provided the panels and Promessa 50 discounted the electrical materials, Briehl said.

“What made it even more special was the generosity of our team of engineers and installers who volunteered their time for free for this project,” Briehl added.

With information from Yucatan Ahora

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