Solar electricity for Karen children dormitory

by Green Empowerment
Dec 8, 2010


The Border Green Energy Team (BGET) has been working
along the Thailand/Burma border since 2005 with the
mission to implement renewable energy and sustainable
technologies and also demonstrate how these technologies
are integral and economically viable aspects of improving
livelihoods. BGET has been working to provide solar
electricity to medical clinics and schools in Karen villages
and Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps. This year it
partnered with Green Empowerment and Free Burma
Rangers to build a 780W solar system for the Bueng
Klueng student dormitory, to power four laptop computers
and eight lights.

The dormitory is part of the Bueng Klueng church
established 14 years ago. Currently the dormitory provides
home for 38 children, age 5 to 16 years old. The children
have traveled from villages far away from both sides of the
border to study in the Thai public school up to ninth grade.
The students are able to receive better education through
using computers and nighttime lights for studying.
After completing the ninth grade from the village school,
several students have received scholarship to continue
their higher education in the larger towns in these areas.

Project Report: Bueng Klueng Solar Systems
Sep – Oct 2010
Project Information:
Bueng Klueng village, Umphang district,
Tak Province, Thailand
Border Green Energy Team (BGET),
Green Empowerment (GE), and Free
Burma Rangers (FBR)
Friends of GE, BGET, and FBR
Scope of Project:
Hands on training and project
implementation for an off-grid computer
power and dormitory lighting systems.

System description:
The three system included two-130 watt
panel solar systems with Morningstar
charge controllers. All of the systems
are AC powering four laptop computers
and eight 20-watt fluorescent lights in
computer room and dining hall.
Border Green Energy Team

Project Execution:
Prior to the training and implementation work, BGET
prepared all of the equipment and training materials. Two
new buildings at Bueng Klueng boarding home were built
for computer room and dining hall. The village can be
accessed by four-wheeled drive truck.
The area consists of nine buildings including pastor’s
house, dining hall, village cooperative building, computer
room, male and female dormitories, workshop room,
doctor house, church, and meeting hall.
One of two-panel system powers lights in dining hall. The
other two systems power four laptop computers and lights
in the newly built computer room.
Following the basic training and installation work, the
BGET 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 nighttime
studying, and to properly maintain systems for the best of the equipment.

Going Forward:
There are many similar places in the border
area that are in equal need of electricity. BGET
and GE hope to collaborate again in the future
to replicate their efforts at student dormitory in
Bueng Klueng village.
Please visit and to read more
about past projects on the Thailand/Burma
border and to learn of ways to help.


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Organization Information

Green Empowerment

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Michel Maupoux
Program Manager
Portland, Oregon United States

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