In the past, all education and activities took place with limited access to electricity, aside from the occasional power supplied by a diesel generator. The nearest power line lies 5 km down the mountain in the closest town. That changed in late August of 2019, as Twende staff and a team of 12 volunteers (from three countries!) traveled to Durissy to empower education for hundreds of Haitian students. Armed with the technical know-how, donated supplies and spirit, these volunteers lived and worked alongside community members for a week in order to install and train locals on the benefits of solar energy for their schools.
This Indigenous Peoples Day Twende Solar is thrilled to announce an update from the Mushuk Lamas community in northeastern Peru where Twende completed an 7.3kW off-grid solar array with energy storage in early 2019: The nearby municipality of Shapaja provided funding for an additional project to distribute electricity to all of the individual homes in the Mushuk Lamas community from the system Twende built!
“The kids in Durissy, Haiti are just like kids from all over the world. They are smart, curious and eager to learn.” Meet one of the students who will start the new school year with lights and fans in her classroom through a collaboration with Educate Haiti, Twende Solar, DigitalKap, and the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association. This project will also make a future sanitation project and computer lab possible. Twende!
July brings sunny days, the Fourth of July, and America’s favorite pastime- baseball!
To celebrate the season and the generous groups and individuals that are teaming up to empower education in Haiti, Twende Solar would like to introduce our very own All-Stars.
Living almost exclusively off the bounty of the land, the Mushuk are quite familiar with hard work. In fact, work ethic seems to be the greatest attribute they value in individuals they select to lead their community as Apu.
The community takes their responsibility to protect the Cordillera Escalera region seriously and in turn the land provides for the Mushuk. With the richness of the land, their hard work and resourcefulness, they are able to make or grow almost everything they need for daily life.
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.
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.
Our work with the Portland Rescue Mission is helping them save $12,000 annually on their electricity costs, allowing them to rededicate that money towards programming for their recovery services. The future just got a bit brighter for those benefiting from Portland Rescue Mission’s services for the homeless and hurting, these empowered ladies, and the clean energy movement! Together, your support and donations of time, talent and resources helped make this trifecta possible
With more than 230 volunteer shifts for a total of nearly 1,600 hours, it took just over a month to complete an ambitiously large 100 kW nonprofit solar install for the Portland Rescue Mission. Volunteers came together from four states, two countries, and more than eight competing solar contractor shops--all working side-by-side to empower the women of Shepherd’s Door.
Twende announces the appointment of Marissa Johnson as Executive Director.
Learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities and enjoy a Twende brew to close-out the 2017 Oregon Solar Conference!
Hear volunteer stories, watch project footage, and learn how we all can contribute to the expansion of renewable energy and create progress for all!
Weathering extreme heat and torrential rain, Twende volunteers recently returned home from a successful 26kW off-grid PV installation in Siem Reap, Cambodia.