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In October 2018, Northland Controls employees will work alongside GRID staff and GRID partner Gham Power to install a 1.8kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the Shree Dumre Secondary School, located in Palungtar municipality of the Gorkha District, a region of Nepal severely affected by the devasting earthquake of 2015. The school currently holds classes for around 120 students from Grades 1 to 8. Most of the students come from the remote villages of Dumre Dada, Jaljale, Pathivara and Patchang and have to walk on an average of one and a half hours to reach school each day. Once the school has access to clean, reliable electricity, they will be able to power computers, printers, and internet, that will enhance the quality of education for the students of the Shree Dumre School. Learn more.
Dates: October 7-9, 2018
Location: Palungtar, Gorkha District, Nepal
Located in the municipality of Tecate, Juntas de Neji is the northernmost indigenous community in Baja California, México that sprawls across 11,590 hectares of land. Although Juntas de Neji is relatively close to larger towns like Tecate and Tijuana, grid electricity has never been extended to the community. Most families in the community recently received new 500 square foot homes to reduce overcrowding, but the homes still have no potable water or electricity, even though the new homes have a tank for water on the roof and are wired as if they were electrified. Learn More
Dates: November 8-11, 2018
Location: Tecate, Baja California, México.
This project is part of GRID's local corporate volunteerism and workforce development initiative in México. Participation is not open to the public.
Sponsored Project: Bringing off-grid solar to a school in Juntas de Neji, México with Trojan Battery Company
In December 2018, ten employees from Trojan Battery Company will travel with GRID Alternatives' International Program to Baja California, Mexico to bring off-grid solar to the local school in the Kumeyaay community of Juntas de Neji. With the installation of a solar PV system, the facility will have electricity for the first time, and will be able to power lighting, fans, as well as electronic educational materials that expand the school's access to resources and enhance the overall learning environment for the students. This project is the second phase of GRID's effort to bring solar electricity to Juntas de Neji in 2018, and will follow the installation of 16-18 solar home systems that will be installed in November. Both phases will use Trojan batteries to store electricity generated by the solar panels. Learn more.
Dates: December 1-9, 2018
Location: Tecate, Baja California, México.
This project is sponsored by Trojan Battery Company. Participation is not open to the public.
Due to a severe landslide that cut through Chatang in mid-September 2018, the installation of a community micro-grid has been postponed until late 2018 or early 2019. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, but 11 homes were destroyed as a result of the landslide, and the entire community has temporarily re-located to a neighboring village until it is safe to return to Chatang and begin rebuilding what was lost. Chatang is located in the Nuwakot District of central Nepal, and despite neighboring the capital district of Kathmandu, the region is not as developed and lacks essential infrastructure, like access to the electric grid. The remote community is at least 3 hours walking from the nearest road and current sources of energy for lighting and cooking include flashlights and kerosene oil lamps, which are expensive and unreliable. A micro-grid is a better option to power the community. Once it is safe to do so, GRID staff and GRID partner, Gham Power, will complete the installation of the micro-grid in Chatang, which will provide energy for basic needs and essential infrastructure, such as lighting, communication, healthcare, and local revenue generation. Energy from the micro-grid will also power tools to greatly bolster and accelrate rebuilding efforts following the recent landslide. Additionally, a solar micro-grid has potential to create employment opportunities for local residents and catalyze the area as a small market center for travelers along the popular Goshaikunda trekking route. Learn more.
Dates: Late 2018 or early 2019
Location: Chatang, Nuwakot, Nepal
This project is sponsored by Northland Controls. Participation is not open to the public.