Hundreds of solar panels are being mounted this morning on the new North Charleston headquarters of the charity Water Missions International, on the former Navy base.

The organization provides water purification systems to parts of the world where clean drinking water is scarce, and solar power has been playing an increasing role in that work.

In September the founders Water Missions won an Einstein Award, in a contest sponsored by the German parent company of U.S. solar manufacturer SolarWorld, recognizing the charity’s use of solar panels to power water pumps in off-the-grid locations where reliable power can be as rare as clean water.

SolarWorld is donating the panels that will provide power to Water Missions’ new headquarters, and following the Einstein Awards also agreed to provide up to 100 kilowatts of solar power for Water Missions’ work.

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