The Border Green Energy Team (BGET) has been workingalong the Thailand/Burma border since 2005 with themission to implement renewable energy and sustainabletechnologies and also demonstrate how these technologiesare integral and economically viable aspects of improvinglivelihoods. BGET has been working to provide solarelectricity to medical clinics and schools in Karen villagesand Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps. This year itpartnered with Green Empowerment and Free BurmaRangers to build a 780W solar system for the BuengKlueng student dormitory, to power four laptop computersand eight lights.
The dormitory is part of the Bueng Klueng churchestablished 14 years ago. Currently the dormitory provideshome for 38 children, age 5 to 16 years old. The childrenhave traveled from villages far away from both sides of theborder to study in the Thai public school up to ninth grade.The students are able to receive better education throughusing computers and nighttime lights for studying.After completing the ninth grade from the village school,several students have received scholarship to continuetheir higher education in the larger towns in these areas.
Project Report: Bueng Klueng Solar SystemsSep – Oct 2010Project Information:Location:Bueng Klueng village, Umphang district,Tak Province, ThailandPartners:Border Green Energy Team (BGET),Green Empowerment (GE), and FreeBurma Rangers (FBR)Donors:Friends of GE, BGET, and FBRScope of Project:Hands on training and projectimplementation for an off-grid computerpower and dormitory lighting systems.
System description:The three system included two-130 wattpanel solar systems with Morningstarcharge controllers. All of the systemsare AC powering four laptop computersand eight 20-watt fluorescent lights incomputer room and dining hall.Border Green Energy Team www.bget.org
Project Execution:Prior to the training and implementation work, BGETprepared all of the equipment and training materials. Twonew buildings at Bueng Klueng boarding home were builtfor computer room and dining hall. The village can beaccessed by four-wheeled drive truck.The area consists of nine buildings including pastor’shouse, dining hall, village cooperative building, computerroom, male and female dormitories, workshop room,doctor house, church, and meeting hall.One of two-panel system powers lights in dining hall. Theother two systems power four laptop computers and lightsin the newly built computer room.Following the basic training and installation work, theBGET team conducted training in maintenance and operation of the system.The students will be able to use the solar power for computers and lights during nighttimestudying, and to properly maintain systems for the best of the equipment.
Going Forward:There are many similar places in the borderarea that are in equal need of electricity. BGETand GE hope to collaborate again in the futureto replicate their efforts at student dormitory inBueng Klueng village.Please visit www.bget.org andwww.greenempowerment.org to read moreabout past projects on the Thailand/Burmaborder and to learn of ways to help.
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