Solar Lights for Burma

by Solar Roots
Jul 16, 2013

Solar Training in Taungoo

The class tests solar panels
The class tests solar panels

As part of our project to bring solar lighting to remote communities in Burma, I have given a series of trainings in Photovoltaics (PV) in various communities. This year, I returned to Taungoo, to teach a class of Karen villagers from the remote hill country nearby. We had a total of 14 participants plus my able translator NerTer. During the 3 days we covered PV basics such as batteries and how to optimize the solar panel installation for maximum output. Solar panel prices have decreased dramatically in the last two years and they are now more affordable for many people in Burma. But, the technology is still poorly understood and even the equipment vendors have only the vaguest idea how they work. It is the mission of Solar Roots to train individuals and communities in the installation and maintenance of these systems. Step by step, with your help, we are getting there.

Testing a battery with a digital analyser
Testing a battery with a digital analyser
Students check tilt angle vs output
Students check tilt angle vs output
There's always a group photo at the end!

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Solar Roots

Location: Berkeley, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Bruce Gardiner
Berkeley, CA United States
$11,675 raised of $25,000 goal
149 donations
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