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Community members stand outside the room built under the donated    Unirac    ground mount system to house the    SimpliPhi    batteries and    STUDER    power electronics. Many community members pitched in to help construct this room and lay the foundation for the array with panels donated by    Signal Energy Constructors.

Community members stand outside the room built under the donated Unirac ground mount system to house the SimpliPhi batteries and STUDER power electronics. Many community members pitched in to help construct this room and lay the foundation for the array with panels donated by Signal Energy Constructors.

“Tenemos luz!”    - Apu Miguel  (We have light!! - Chief Miguel)

“Tenemos luz!” - Apu Miguel (We have light!! - Chief Miguel)

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW | MUSHUK LLAMAS - SHAPAJA, PERÚ

Though the name Perú means “land of abundance”, more than 10% of the rural population is still left in the dark without access to modern electricity and left further behind after the country’s recent boom of economic development.

The indigenous people of the Mushuk Lamas community are amongst the 2 million Peruvians without sufficient access to electricity. Living adjacent to the protected area of the Cordillera Escalera, members of the community are engaged in conservation efforts and help bird watchers and nature lovers responsibly explore the high cloud forest of the Amazon. With four solar panels at the nearby government school being the only source of electricity for this community of 25 families, expensive kerosene-fueled lamps and battery-operated flashlights illuminate essential after-dark activities. 

Twende believes that we can empower the entire community with an additional 24 panels (7.23 kW). Powering an Internet tower and bringing electricity to the community center will help ensure that education remains free of interruptions, will increase the productive hours of the day and access to information and learning. With refrigeration, electric equipment to improve the community's coffee production capabilities, and laptops with access to the World Wide Web, the community will have increased access to economic development.

Having light after the sun goes down means that not only is there greater capacity to earn, work, create, and learn, but there is also increased opportunity for social and leisure activities, leading to an overall increased quality of life.

Having light after the sun goes down means that not only is there greater capacity to earn, work, create, and learn, but there is also increased opportunity for social and leisure activities, leading to an overall increased quality of life.

The prohibitive cost of bringing grid connection to remote, hard to access communities has kept utility companies from investing. However, solar can scale the Andes and empower communities wherever the sun shines.

The prohibitive cost of bringing grid connection to remote, hard to access communities has kept utility companies from investing. However, solar can scale the Andes and empower communities wherever the sun shines.

Twende Solar (Twende), a Portland-based non-profit operated and supported by solar PV industry professionals, bridges the gap between renewable energy experts and underserved populations around the world. Attracting the best of the PV industry, Twende leverages its volunteers’ expertise, connections, and philanthropic spirit to install high-quality solar PV systems at an affordable cost for its partner organizations. Let's go solar, together!


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