TanzSolar Ltd.

TanzSolar's mission is to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for people throughout rural Tanzania through the promotion of affordable technology powered by renewable energy, distributed to people not served by, or unable to afford connection to, an electricity grid.
Jun 28, 2013

Solar-Schools Report: Tegaruka School Status

Nighttime studier - photo by Christoph Stulz
Nighttime studier - photo by Christoph Stulz

The solar system that was installed in 2012 is in good working order. Some students, nearly all males, are now returning to the school to study at night. The headmaster of the school has expressed the need for brighter lights when possible so that more students can effectively use the lights. He has asked the school board to share in the cost with the school, TanzSolar and its donors.

Some of the teachers' home systems have experienced problems due to bad switches. TanzSolar will make every effort to assist them. TanzSolar is also planning to assist 5 girl students with small solar lights for reading because they are not able to return to the school safely at night.

Thank you for helping us make it possible for these students and teachers to learn, teach and grow no matter what time of day it is. Help us take this opportunity to more teachers and students by giving what you can.

The teachers
The teachers' workroom - photo by Christoph Stulz
Feb 22, 2013

1st Installation: TanzSolar Solar-Schools Program

Delivering the solar system for installation
Delivering the solar system for installation

First Installation in the TanzSolar Solar-Schools Program
Report Date: December 2012

TanzSolar has completed the first Solar-School Installation in the Mara region in
northern Tanzania. The project provides solar-generated electricity to a rural
school; the Tegaruka Secondary School. This school, like all secondary schools in
the Mara region, had no electricity and no access to an electric grid.

This is the first of many such planned installations, and was completed through
the support of the US organizations Africa Solar Fund, Friends Foundation
International (www.friendsfoundationinternational.org), Kansha Foundation
(www.kanshafoundation.org) and the Clio Paul Foundation.

There is an education crisis in Tanzania, with only a small percentage of students
who attend primary school going on to secondary school, and even those students
are not receiving an adequate education in secondary school. Nationally
approximately 440,000 students start secondary school in Form 1 and only
approximately 20,000 make it to the final year of secondary school, finishing Form
6. (www.mashule.com/educationdata) That’s less than 5%. One of the primary
reasons given by the teachers locally is that the students have no way to study in the
evenings.

One report concludes “The biggest challenges facing these (public secondary)
schools, whose students are mostly from poor families, include acute shortage of
teachers, laboratories and books of all categories.” Tanzania Daily News,19 MAY
2012.

TanzSolar has performed a survey of several rural secondary schools in the Mara
region, and has concluded that one of the highest impact strategies is to bring
electricity and, eventually, internet access to these rural schools. The severe lack
of qualified teachers is due, in part, to the remote locations and lack of services at
these schools. Many of the teachers are housed on-campus with no access to power,
not even enough to charge their mobile phones.

TanzSolar has provided a central photovoltaic system with batteries for storage
and an advanced, internet-enabled inverter and charging system for the campus.
This equipment is powering lights in 2, large classrooms for evening study and
community events. There is security lighting for the campus as well as lights and
outlets in the administrative office and the teachers lounge. In addition TanzSolar
has installed smaller PV power systems for the teachers domiciles, providing LED
lights and cell phone charging.

Mr. Mahende Matiku, assistant headmaster of Tegaruka Secondary School, has
said that the entire community is very, very happy with the solar electric systems
installed at their school. Now we will all be watching to see how the students test
scores and teacher retention are impacted by this technological transformation.

Installing inverter unit for schools solar system
Installing inverter unit for schools solar system
Students studying by solar lights of classroom 1
Students studying by solar lights of classroom 1
Classroom using solar lights for sutdying at night
Classroom using solar lights for sutdying at night

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Feb 22, 2013

New portable solar package avalaible for villagers

Solar lights at night
Solar lights at night

TanzSolar’s Global Giving project, Affordable Solar Light for 12500 African Villagers, continues to subsidize the cost of solar lights for rural Tanzanian families.  We have just $1,000 left to complete this project, only 1.6%! 

TanzSolar's newest solar packages for rural Tanzanians include portable lights, cell phone charger and USB port for any external DC load. A smaller option includes 2 lights with a 5W solar panel and a larger option includes 4 lights and a 15W solar panel, both come with cell phone charging port and USB port. 

During the course of this project TanzSolar has learned that charging cell phones is a large concern for many villagers. Cell phones have allowed Tanzanians new ways to earn a living, however most villagers live with no electricity, which makes keeping a cell phone charged a high maintenance task. With the new cell phone charging ports and USB included in the solar systems, villagers have an easier time charging their phone and can focus their energy more on what is needed to support themselves and their families. We look forward to seeing how our customers like the new package. We will share their feedback with you, our donors, who have helped make all this possible! Thank you.

Your donations have paid for half of the cost of a solar-powered light for a village family.  The villagers themselves pay for the other half, which encourages them to value and care for these lights.  TanzSolar is headquartered in Musoma, a town in Northern Tanzania conveniently located to thousands of rural households.  We offer ongoing product support, battery replacements and equipment repairs at or below cost.  We produce educational literature and are working to introduce the populace to solar electricity and efficient electric lighting.  Together we are bringing knowledge and light to rural Africa.

In addition you might like to take a look at our school project; www.globalgiving.org/projects/solar-schools4africa/.  This project will fund the electrification of a rural secondary school in northern Tanzania.

Again we thank you for your generous support.  Your donations have changed the lives of this large, hard-working rural population in Tanzania, and they are deeply appreciated.

Classroom studying by solar lights in the evening
Classroom studying by solar lights in the evening

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