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The Solarize Ghana project is the culmination of over a year of planning, assessing, designing, fundraising, and coordinating with beneficiary communities with VIDA’s Ghanaian non-profit partner, Disaster Volunteers of Ghana (www.divog.org). 

During the ten-week Solarize Ghana project, our team of West Africans and Americans will travel through Ghana in the SolBus and install off-grid, solar-electric systems on six schools and four medical clinics in rural communities that would not otherwise have electricity. The project will provide a dependable source of electricity, solar water purification, and cooking systems to each community.

  • Giving Power to Those in Need. With electricity in schools, communities will be able to teach evening classes and dramatically increase the number of students who attend each school. With electricity in medical clinics, doctors and nurses will be able to expand the hours of the clinic and refrigerate life-saving vaccines and medications.
  • Long-Term Sustainability. Solar electricity will enable each of these rural communities to address their energy needs sustainably, solve energy-infrastructure issues, and build local resilience.
  • Local Ownership. Our hands-on education workshops promote local ownership and maintenance of the solar arrays and help ensure long-term project success.

The SolBus. The Solarize Ghana team will travel on the SolBus—a 40-foot school bus that has been converted into a mobile solar workshop. The SolBus has space for twelve passengers; a solar workshop; and storage for all of gear we’ll need for each community including tools, wire, solar panels, batteries, hundreds of LED light bulbs, and vaccine refrigerators for medical clinics.

Getting the SolBus to Ghana: The bus will be packed with equipment in Corvallis, Oregon, then driven to Galveston, Texas, then shipped on a cargo boat to Accra, Ghana. The Solarize Ghana team will convene in Ghana, pick up the bus, purchase additional supplies, and hit the road.

The Solarize Ghana Team: The core Solarize Ghana team includes six Americans and five West Africans: David Levine (Founding Director, VIDA), David Lettero (Solar Projects Coordinator, VIDA), Richard Yinkah (Founder & Executive Director, DIVOG), Carly Lettero (Sustainable Projects Coordinator, VIDA), Scott Barker and Jackson Veigel (film crew), Kyle Wegner (nurse), Emmanuel (driver and mechanic, DIVOG), and Musa Mustapha (master craftsman, from Sierra Leone). We will hire additional Ghanaian team members when we arrive in Ghana, including a solar intern.

Solarize Ghana Supporters: The project has received significant financial support from The Mosaic Company and Clint and Shelly Morse. Materials donations have been provided by SolarWorld Germany (solar panels), UniRac (racking), Trojan Batteries (batteries for the solar systems), MidNite Solar (balance of system for the SolBus and the four medical clinic systems, battery box for the SolBus, and breakers and e-panels for six schools), MorningStar Solar (charge controllers and inverters for the six schools), SunWind Solar (solar educational material), The KidWind Project (solar and wind educational material), and the Stereo Store in Corvallis (stereo equipment for the SolBus).

 Solarize Ghana Would Love Your Support! We greatly appreciate everyone’s support from a light switch ($5) to a community solar array ($5,000).  Please see our donation page by clicking this link 
http://www.thevida.org/projects/solarize-ghana/solarize-ghana-donations


 




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