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. Learn more.
Dates: Late 2018 or early 2019
Location: Chatang, Nuwakot, Nepal
This project is sponsored by Northland Controls.
In December of this year, 10 Nepali participants will travel to Chitwan National Park to install a 2kW off-grid solar system on the Kaathe Observation Tower for the launch of GRID’s first “Women in Solar” project in Nepal. The installation will provide a unique, hands-on training experience for participants that exposes them to work in renewable energy and demonstrates to women that they too have the potential and opportunity to be a part of the growing solar industry in Nepal. Once the system is successfully installed, access to reliable electricity will also help the local community generate additional income to support conservation and livelihood efforts in Chitwan National Park.
Dates: December 15-17, 2018
Location: Chitwan National Park, Nepal
This project is sponsored by Empowered by Light with support from Friends of Nepal and Creating Possibilities. As part of our local workforce development initiative, participation is reserved for Nepali women and men.
In February of 2019, 10 RES employees will join GRID in Nepal's Bardia National Park to install solar on the Green Tower, an observation tower and ecotourism accommodation located in the Bathanpur Community Forest of the Bathanpur Bufferzone. Managed by the User Committee of the Bathanpur Community Forest, the Green Tower is expected to see a significant increase in the number of overnight guests once it has access to reliable electricity, creating employment opportunities and generating additional income to bolster conservation efforts and livelihoods in the local community.
Dates: February 17-24, 2019
Location: Bardia National Park, Nepal
This project is sponsored by RES, a Global Renewable Energy Company. Participation is reserved for RES employees.