EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SOLAR ELECTRICITY
LOS ENCUENTROS, MATAGALPA, NICARAGUA
In August 2014, GRID Alternatives (formerly Power to the People) will be leading a trip to Nicaragua with volunteers to install a 1.38kW off-grid photovoltaic system on a primary school in the community of Los Encuentros. Los Encuentros is a rural community located in vry remote part of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Volunteers will have a chance to see the annual festival of the patron saint of Granada, Virgen de la Asunción. Processions fill the street with colorful flowers, decorations and fireworks. August 15th is the “hipico”, a parade of horses with cowboys dressed to impress.
LA TRINIDAD, BOACO, NICARAGUA
In October 2014, GRID Alternatives (formerly Power to the People) will be leading a trip to Nicaragua with volunteers to install two off-grid photovoltaic systems in La Trinidad, a rural community in the department of Boaco. A photovoltaic system will be installed on a small health post and one on the primary school. Volunteers will also get a chance to see the festival of Los Ahuizotes in Masaya and tour a sustainable coffee farm in Matagalpa.
In May 2014, GRID Alternatives led a trip to Nicaragua with 10 SolarCity employees, through SolarCity's GivePower Foundation, to install a 1.38kW off-grid photovoltaic system on a primary school in the rural community of El Islote, Nicaragua.
CHARCO MUERTO, GRANADA, NICARAGUA
In March 2014, GRID Alternatives (formerly Power to the People) led a trip to Nicaragua to install a 1.38kW off-grid photovoltaic system on a primary school in the rural community of Charco Muerto. This community sits on a white sandy beach on the edge of Lake Nicaragua and is perched on the southeast end of volcano Mombacho. Volunteers had the chance to see the town of Masaya celebrate the festival of San Lázaro in honor of the patron saint and protector of animals and much more.
POTRERO SUR, BOACO, NICARAGUA (PRIVATE TRIP)
In February 2014, Power to the People will be leading a trip to Nicaragua with volunteers from California solar company SunRun and non-profit GRID Alternatives to install a 1.38kW off-grid photovoltaic system on a primary school in the community of Potrero Sur. Potrero Sur is a rural community located in Boaco, Nicaragua (90 kilometers northeast of the country’s capital). Volunteers will have a chance to stay at a sustainable coffee farm in Matagalpa and will visit the historic town of Leon. For more information about this project, click here.
LOS CALPULES SCHOOL AND TOTUMBLA HEALTH CENTER
In November 2013, Power to the People partnered with Grid Alternatives to offer volunteers the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to install four off-grid solar electric systems in the community of Los Calpules. The photovoltaic systems were installed on the community’s elementary school and health clinic, providing both buildings with reliable electric power 24 hours a day. For more information about this project, click here.
SANTA ANA, NICARAGUA - SOLAR SCHOOL AND CAFETERIA
In August 2013, Power to the People volunteers installed solar panels on an elementary school and cafeteria in the town of Santa Ana, Nicaragua. Santa Ana is a small community with has approximately 50 families, located about five kilometers from the Panamerican Highway. The community is located inside a private, protected reserve called “Reserva Silvestre Privada Domitila” – the first private protected area in Nicaragua established in 2001 and comprises 300 hectares on land owned by Don Roberto Mejia. Santa Ana does not have access to conventional grid electricity because its remote location. Click here for more information about this project.POTRERO PLATANAL, NICARAGUA - SOLAR SCHOOL
MARCH 9 - 16, 2013
In March 2013, Power to the People volunteers brought lights and AC power to the school by installing a 1.38 kW battery-based photovoltaic system on the roof of the school building. The system now provides LED light and electrical outlets so teachers can use more advanced teaching aids like educational videos and laptops. Access to electricity in this community will also allow adults to attend night classes and hold community events and meetings in a safe well-lit building. Click here for more information about this project.
LA UVA, NICARAGUA - SOLAR SCHOOL HOUSE
From October 20-28, 2012, Power to the People volunteers installed an off-grid PV system on an elementary school in the town of La Uva. La Uva is a rural town located in the middle of an old volcanic crater in the Boaco region of Nicaragua. The town has no grid electricity and has limited access to basic services from other larger towns due to its remote location and a large river that can be impassable in the rainy season. The 920W photovoltaic system was installed on the roof of the school and has brought lights and AC power to the building. Volunteers also installed a battery charging station so community members can charge a car or deep-cycle battery at the school and use it at home for lights and power. For more information about this project, click here.
EL DELIRIO, NICARAGUA- SOLAR CLASSROOMS
From August 4-12, 2012, Power to the People volunteers installed a battery-based photovoltaic (solar) system on a rural school in the community of El Delirio. The solar system helped pave the way for enhanced teaching methods, a safer and more comfortable learning environment for students and income generation opportunities in this community through a battery charging station. US and Nicaraguan volunteers installed an 880W battery-based PV system along with the full AC system in the school and a 225W battery charging station which helps people have lights and home.
In March 2012, Power to the People volunteers installed a 900W photovoltaic (solar) system on an elementary school in rural Nicaragua in the town of Terron Colorado. The town is located on beautiful Zapatera Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua and the solar electric system will help the community see at night, improve education in the community and contribute to overall improvements to the quality of life for local residents.
Power to the People volunteers helped install a 900W photovoltaic (solar) system on an elementary school in rural Boaco, Nicaragua. The PV system has brought lights and AC power to the school as well as a PV battery charging station, allowing the community of El Caribe to charge 12V batteries at the school and take them home to have lights and power in their houses.
From July 16 - 24, 2011, Power to the People volunteers successfully installed a photovoltaic (solar) system on an elementary school and cafeteria built by Children's Wellness Fund (CWF), on the island of Zapatera in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Unlike it's well known step-sister Ometepe Island, Isla Zapatera has no ferries, virtually no tourism, and none of the basic resources the surrounding cities have like access electricity, doctors, and secondary education. Power to the People volunteers worked together with the local community and CWF to install a PV system that will brought lights and AC power to the school as well as a PV battery charging station, allowing the community of Santa Maria to charge car or deep-cycle batteries at the school and take them home to have lights and power in their houses.
AGUA FRIA, MATAGALPA
From February 26 - March 6, 2011, Power to the People installed a 900W photovoltaic system and a 225W battery charging station on a school in Agua Fria, Matagalpa, Nicaragua through our partnership with Seeds of Learning and SunPower Foundation. The PV system brings lights and AC power to the school and includes a battery charging station that allows the community to charge car batteries at the school and take them home to have lights and power in their houses. Click here for more information.
LAS LAJAS, NICARAGUA - SOLAR HEALTH CLINIC AND SCHOOL
From November 20-27, 2010 Power to the People installed a 1.32kW photovoltaic system and a 225W PV battery charging station on a 4-classroom elementary school in central Nicaragua to bring light, electricity, and refrigeration to these community buildings. In the same community, we installed a 340W PV system on a rural health care center, bringing lights and power to this rural health clinic along with some basic medical supplies donated by Medshare.
Many people living in rural areas have little or no access to doctors, medicine, or basic health care and educational tools are limited when no power is available. In some towns, health care facilities and schools exist, but they have no access to lights and power which limits the benefits they can provide to a community. Solar Power can help the community of Las Lajas significantly improve the quality of these public services, providing more opportunities for positive development for the 5,000 people in Las Lajas and the surrounding communities.
LAS CUCHILLAS, NICARAGUA - SOLAR SCHOOL & LIBRARY
On April 15, 2010 Power to the People installed a 680W photovoltaic system on a rural 2-room school with Schuco modules and a 225W PV battery charging station on a small library on the side of a volcano on the island of Ometepe, located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Surrounded by beautiful island culture and ambiance, Las Cuchillas was the last community on the island without electricity due to its remote location on Volcan Maderas. The installation of solar electricity on this school and library has not only brought lights and power to these classrooms, it has give the community a place to study at night, recharge cell phones, and charge car batteries that provide power to the houses in the village - improving the quality of life for the residents of Las Cuchillas and surrounding communities and creating a revenue source for the school. Click here for more information.
EL PEDREGAL, NICARAGUA - SOLAR SCHOOL PROJECT
On March 19, 2009 Power to the People installed a 1kW DC solar electric system on the roof of the public school in El Pedregal, Nicaragua. The solar electric system is an off-grid battery-based system with eight 123Wp modules, an inverter, 8 batteries, 11 lights, and 4 outlets for the 2-room school. The solar system has not only brought light to this small community, it has also provided a place to hold community meetings, given adults who are taking classes in other towns a place to study in the evening, allowed people of all ages a chance to attend televised distant learning classes, created income for the school by selling electricity to charge cell phones, and has made it possible for more advanced teaching aids during the day.