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Project #1339

Bring Solar Energy to 7 Burmese Medical Clinics

by Green Empowerment
Feb 27, 2007

Solar Clinic Training March/April 07

A total of 7 clinics will be equipped with solar power in late March/early April.

The medics of these clinics will be trained on the operation and installation of the solar panels so that they can be sustained in the long run. After the training, the medics carry the solar panels into the jungle and set them up at their clincs. At the training, they are taught how to orient the panels toward the sun and connect the controller, inverter, and battery.

We believe that investing in people's skills is essential so that they can fix the systems themselves. In this case, the clinics are so remote (up to a 2 week walk into the jungle) the people that work in the clinic have to know how to fix the system if a wire gets loose or it needs other minor repairs. Since the clinics are so remote, it is important that the people relying on the systems know how to maintain them themselves. While the medics' primary job is of course to provide medical care, they are too remote to call a solar technician to come fix the system if it breaks.

The training also covers how to manage the use of the solar system so that there is power in the battery when you need it. Since the medics are the users, they need to know how much electricity they can use, how long they need to let the solar panels recharge the batteries and what kind of appliances work with the electricity generated by a solar power system.

Since the medics themselves know how to install and maintain the systems, they can also take the solar systems down and move them if their clinic is under threat.

Thanks to donors like you, we have been able to fund this stage of the program. Thanks!

  • Kristin
    Kristin Two sentences doesnt' really tell me much of anything, and am I reading this right? The Medics are being trained on the operation of the panels. The people providing medical assistance are doing the technical maintenance for the system? Is this the smartest way to use these resources?
    • 10 years ago
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  • Donna
    Donna thanks for the update - the activities section of the project description is about training...and investing in training is one of the most important longterm investments that can be made. Keep the quick updates coming!
    • 10 years ago
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  • Mike K
    Mike K Hi Kristin and Donna, Thanks for your comments. I hope this revised project update gives you a better sense of the project. Feel free to write with questions: anna@greenempowerment.org
    • 10 years ago
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  • Laloyd
    Laloyd Thank you for the update - it let me know that this is still work in progress despite donations via Global Giving not approaching your need. Your focus on training local people to promote sustainability is critical. We wish you the best of luck on this important project.
    • 10 years ago
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Green Empowerment

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.greenempowerment.org
Project Leader:
Mike Kalkofen
Finance Manager
Portland, OR United States

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Thanks to 18 donors like you, a total of $1,129 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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