This project allows us to provide renewable electricity to our computer lab, medical clinic, cafeteria, and classrooms that serve over 500 K-8 students in San Mateo, on Ambergris Island in Belize, Central America.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Power in the community where our school is located is mostly provided by diesel generators or expensive imported electricity. The cost is very high and the supply unreliable, as well as being hard on the environment. This has made it very difficult to operate a computer lab and medical clinic that were built by volunteers and donated to the 500 K-8 students at the school in San Mateo, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Cheaper power will also allow us to supplement the vital feeding program.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project is installing sets of 24-panel (5kW) solar-arrays that will provide a reliable, renewable, and cost effective source of electricity to the computer lab, clinic, cafeteria, and classrooms. A first set has been installed and is functioning! Funding for a second set has now been procured and will be installed in April of 2014. We anticipate needing two more sets which will eventually offset up to 80% of total electricity needs, reflected in our revised funding needs.
Potential Long Term Impact
On a long-term basis the reduction of fossil fuel based power usage by the school will have a positive effect on the environment while also improving the linked medical/nutritional and educational outcomes of our highly at-risk student population because cost savings are being used to supplement our vital feeding/nutrition programs.
Total Funding Received to Date: $49,935
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $10,065
Total Funding Goal: $60,000