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.
Oct 7, 2013

October Update on Tegaruka Secondary School

Tegaruka classroom
Tegaruka classroom

On the 2nd of October 2013 TanzSolar made a routine maintenance visit to Tegeruka Secondary School to evaluate the operation of school's solar power system.  While reviewing the status of the school's lighting system, it was found that 9 LED lights in one of the classrooms aren't in proper working order and they should be replaced.  It was also observed that 2 connectors in the teachers homes systems need to be replaced.  These repairs will be made by TanzSolar as soon as possible.

The girls students don't feel comfortable to attend the school after darkness to study using the school's solar lighting system. It is not safe for them to make the trip, and the school doesn't have dormitories for boys or girls and it is a day school.  The school principal accepted our offer to donate 4 portable solar lights to be awarded to the top girls finishers of the upcoming standardized testing competition that will be held for all four grade levels.

The solar system has been greatly appreciated by both the school's faculty and the students. TanzSolar is doing all that is possible to maintain and upgrade the school's solar system. Other teachers who are living in the nearby village are also asking for those portable system like the ones at teacher's homes, and we hope to be able to provide lighting systems for all the teachers.

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 On Wednesday, October 9th from 12:01 am EDT, for 24 hours, GlobalGiving is providing a Bonus Day!  Your contribution will be matched at 30% by Global Giving, up to the first $25,000 claimed.  Please help us take advantage of this added gift by donating, online, on October 9, in the morning, if possible!!

Our thanks to you all who have made these projects possible and to Global Giving for their ongoing efforts to support TanzSolar and similar, grassroots nonprofit organizations around the world.

PV array on rural school
PV array on rural school
Lighting repair
Lighting repair
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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