Solar Lights for Burma

Oct 3, 2013

Solar Training and Installation in Lashio

Students learn about tilt angle
Students learn about tilt angle

This year, Solar Roots was invited by the Metta Foundation to give a training in Solar PV in Lashio, northern Shan State. The training was held at Metta's demonstration farm, just 20 minutes from downtown Lashio. Set in 30 acres of fruit trees and rice paddies, the farm was a perfect location to to learn about solar. There were around 20 participants, mainly drawn from Metta's regional offices. The farm already had a 180W PV system, but it was not functioning properly and this was the perfect opportunity for the students to put their newly acquired troubleshooting knowledge to the test! In addition, we installed a new 160W PV array, with a manual tracker and charge controller. Many students had some previous experience with PV, but had never had any formal training.  All in all, the Lashio training was a great success and the students left with a new confidence in their ability to install and troubleshoot solar electric systems

Learning how to use a hydrometer
Learning how to use a hydrometer
The new manual tracker PV array
The new manual tracker PV array
The formal
The formal 'end of class' photograph

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Solar Roots

Berkeley, CA, United States

Project Leader

Bruce Gardiner

Berkeley, CA United States

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