TWENDE, meaning "let's go," in Swahili, is indicative of the organization's proactive mentality and commitment to sustainable development worldwide. Bridging the gap between renewable energy experts and energy-poor populations, Twende seeks to equip rural communities with solar PV systems, in turn providing increased opportunity for education, healthcare, and technology without have a negative impact on the environment.
Nationwide, Cambodia is still suffering the effects of a devastating genocide in the late 1970s, which specifically targeted those with a formal education. Today, 92% of Cambodian children enroll in primary school, but quickly drop out due to inadequate institutions, ill-equipped teachers, and meager financial resources.
The World Health Organization and IEA estimates, 66% of Cambodia's population lives without modern energy services. Limited access to energy coupled with minimal education leaves many faced with stunted job opportunities, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Empowering Education with Solar Energy
Twende Solar has designed a 26kW off-grid PV system to support the Stephen Mazujian Middle School’s growing energy needs, replace expensive diesel generators, and provide a unique hands-on learning opportunity to hundreds, and eventually thousands, of students. Most notably, the solar array will power a brand new computer lab, providing access to technology for students who otherwise would remain out of touch with modern advances. Paired with a solar curriculum, the system will serve as a learning tool for students to explore renewable energy systems, while complementing topics taught in science, math, and technology courses. Armed with an abundant source of energy, the school will be able to focus its efforts and funding on its mission: educating the youth of Siem Reap.
AN INVESTMENT IN SOLAR NOW IS A
FUTURE-PROOF INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION!
If the middle school were to continue utilizing expensive, inefficient generators, the annual expense would be more than double its current 3-year budget for energy.
To power a full academic year with the energy loads provided, the school will need to produce or purchase 23,129 kWh worth of electricity—over $9,000 annually in diesel fuel costs.
To power the computer lab for one school year using diesel fuel it would cost (at a minimum) $3,725—over half of the school's current 3-year energy budget.