LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS OFF: 200 families were blessed with the power of hydroelectric energy (built in1960s), but now this energy is insufficient and unreliable. The community had to turn to expensive and polluting diesel generators, and those who could not afford it were left without options. In the schools, students are not able to use the computers they have. The rural hospital suffers of many days without power, risking lives and medicines. Families risk losing their scarce food supplies.
Creation of a community- owned microgrid that with solar panels and batteries, enables Kamarata to access electricity, and all the benefits that come with it. The project is designed to attend the 200 families that live in Kamarata (including the Elementary School, the High School, and the Rural Hospital), with the deployment scheduled throughout 3 phases. With this PILOT, we will train the community with a smaller system, and in parallel we'll seek out the resources for the overall project.
Empower the next generation! - Access to technology and communication through the use of computers, radio, television, cellphones, and others. - Use of time for more productive, educational, or recreational activities. - Health improvement through better equipped, and more reliable ambulatory services. - Nutrition benefits for the possibility of storing perishable food in freezers. While reducing the environmental impact on such a special place with a long-term sustainable solution.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).