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Mayan Power and Light

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Rosie and Debora tackle their publicity project
Rosie and Debora tackle their publicity project

Remember how SEA was formed as Mayan Power and Light’s first solar social business? Rosi does. She has been co-owner of SEA since 2013. She has been learning and serving ever since.

Rosi is 38 yearl-old single woman. She lives with her brothers and sisters outside Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second largest city.

Before starting-up Soluciones Energeticas Apropiadas, Rosi managed up to 30 women weavers, setting designs, selecting threads and ensuring quality output. This was a family business, shared amongst several brothers and sisters.

With the help of ATC, she started-up her solar company with her brother Jose (solar technician) and Debora (Accounting) and Natalia (Sales). Rosi says she loves selling solar power because she is concerned about the environment and wants to help people afford clean energy.

Rosi became recognized as an excellent customer service communicator. Trained by her brother in solar technology, she took the lead managing the shop and welcoming client inquiries. She supported rural solar saleswomen with logistics to receive solar products in isolated towns.

After two years, she took her first computer class and began managing SEA's publicity on Facebook. Now she’s taking a web design course to up-the-ante on their graphics and online presence in their website.

Now Rosi and the SEA team are delving into providing grid-tied solar power solutions, enabling urban homes and businesses to invest in clean energy. Specializing in grid-tied solar open up urban clients with the promise of energy savings and ecological living in cities.

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Our Social Business, SEA, just got it's first grid-tied solar power client! 

So few people know that you can add a solar panel to your building and feed energy back into the electrical grid, enabling people to use all their electrical appliances and add solar panels one-by-one, affordably reducing our energy footprint!

Now SEA has their first client, a car-wash on a busy street, to display signage educating their customers about grid-tied solar!

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The SEA Storefront in Quetzaltenango
The SEA Storefront in Quetzaltenango

We got lucky!

A foreign-owned solar company in Guatemala came to Quetzaltenango to discuss how to win and maintain new clients in solar energy. Citing the importance of growing public awareness of the solar power solution, Linda-the-Trainer indicated how important it is for solar companies to support each other in improving public perception of solar power to grow a sustainable energy economy.

No one solar company can provide for all of Guatemala's energy needs, so creating alliances across businesses is strategic for enhancing the movement towards sustainble infrastructure development. 

Now these two solar companies can collaborate to import quality products affordably, share best practices, and refer clients appropriately.  

Thanks to our Globalgiving donors for funding the first of 6 business development workshops this summer! We've got 5 more to go!

Can you chip in a little more?  Mayan Power and Light is approved for 60% matching funds from the Globalgiving Renewable Energy Campaign.

Now is the time to set up our sustainable infrastructure! 

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US Solar Company partners with ATC
US Solar Company partners with ATC

Despite all our differences in culture, political perspectives and ways of life: we're all in this together.

Earth Day reminds us of our global interdependence and the required global cooperation to protect the environment.

Raising public awareness of clean energy alternatives is imperative in both the developed and developing world.

So, on top of solar education in Guatemala, ATC is now offering Circuits & Solar workshops in Ann Arbor, MI to share the same basic skills of solar and electrical circuits to empower people to manage their own home solar power systems. These workshops break knowledge barriers to encourage personal investment in solar technology and supports the movement towards a more sustainable energy economy. Contact us to join an upcoming workshop in Ann Arbor!

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School Teachers learn Circuits & Solar
School Teachers learn Circuits & Solar
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Local and International Solar Volunteers
Local and International Solar Volunteers

Chitas Elementary School is electrified!

March 1, 2017 The Mayan Power and Light team came together with community members to install 490 Watts of solar power and set up 8 laptop computers, bringing an isolated community in touch with modern communications!

150 school children and 600 people in their village have a brighter life! Before they had empty, dark classrooms and no lights for evening homework. Now, they run a laptop computer lab, a community charge center, classroom lights, projectors, music players, nighttime meetings and family movie screenings!

The community was extremely well organized and dedicated to the project. They built furniture for the school computer lab, they did electrical work, they installed new security bars, they fed our solar team and housed us at their community hall. Ensuring a sustainable project, they set up a Solar Committee, created a special savings account and wrote a long-term fundraising plan to maintain equipment and internet connection!

Fatima, our star solar saleswoman traveled 8 hours from her home to learn advanced solar installation with Solar Tech Experts from Sunsense Solar in Colorado. Elias, Josefina's husband volunteered on her behalf while she's caring for her new baby. His volunteership and effort to learn solar demonstrated his great support for his wife's microbusiness. 

This is our first of many solar school computer labs with Mayan Power and Light. 

                 You can to help us do more!

  • Donate $10 by March 15th to help us win a spot in GlobalGiving's Girl Fund!
  • Start a Used Laptop Drive!

How?

1. Mobilize your workmates to bring in used laptops by a specific deadline!

2. Ask your workplace IT person to update computer software, virus scans, clear memory, passwords and private information and change the operating system to Spanish!

3.  Mail Laptops to:

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
3765 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

4. Contact us to find out which school is getting your laptops!

Teachers learn Circuits and Solar
Teachers learn Circuits and Solar
a new solar committee will maintain this system
a new solar committee will maintain this system
Rural children learn to use computers
Rural children learn to use computers
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