Solar energy for families in Santo Domingo, Panama

by Engineers for a Sustainable World, Northwestern U


Northwestern University students are providing two communities with training and materials to install household solar panel systems and build educational capacity by equipping schools with computers.

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Santo Domingo and Santa Librada are located in Chagres National Park, Panama. The communities do not have access to electricity because of their isolation. Our group has worked with them to install photovoltaic systems which light community buildings and family homes, power a school computer, protect livestock, and power a school refrigerator. We provide technical expertise, training and funding assistance. These projects benefit the communities’ health, economy and environment.


We work in rural villages of Panama to provide solar electricity for families. Our project focuses on aid that is sustainable: we teach the community members about modern electricity practices and provide them with support to last for a lifetime.

Long-Term Impact

By using solar energy instead of kerosene lamps, families can save money, protect their health by improving indoor air quality, continue craftwork and studying after dark, reduce carbon emissions, and use solar-energy expertise as an economic asset.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Engineers for a Sustainable World, Northwestern U

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Thanks to 117 donors like you, a total of $5,938 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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