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!! - Community Leader Miguel)

“Tenemos luz!” - Apu Miguel (We have light!! - Community Leader 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. 

Through the dedication and expertise of 15 volunteers from the PV industry and beyond and the generosity of family, friends and industry manufacturers, a 7.2kW system was planned, designed and installed to the high standards of the US National Electrical Code in the high Peruvian jungle.

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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