Yesterday was the summer solstice, which of course is the longest day of the year, so it seemed like an apropos day for the SolBus to arrive at the international shipping port in Bayonne, New Jersey.
International shipping regulations require vehicles to be empty when they ship, so as soon as Dave Lettero arrived at the port in Jersey, he had to unpack all of the Solarize Ghana gear into a shipping container. Once the shipping container was locked and signed off on, Dave drove the empty bus to another huge parking lot and got in line with hundreds of other vehicles that are ready to make the trans-Atlantic voyage. We are hoping there will be enough space on the next boat, leaving June 24, for the SolBus. We’ll keep you posted!
SolBus at the international shipping port in Bayonne, New Jersey with the Statue of Liberty and the Freedom Tower in the background.
Dave Lettero with the fully packed SolBus before he drive it to the port.
At the port all of the Solarize Ghana gear was emptied into a shipping container through the back door of the bus.
It was an incredible journey from Oregon to Nevada to Nebraska to Illinois to Ohio to Pennsylvania. Our favorite part was meeting all of you and sharing the Solarize Ghana story. We’ve posted your photos on our Facebook page and featured some of them in the Don't Skimp on the 'Mallow video.
In about a month, we’ll reunite with the SolBus in Ghana and with our partners at Disaster Volunteers of Ghana (DIVOG). We’ll be bringing the “I Love Solarize Ghana” collage with us to Ghana, and we’d love to add your photo! We invite you to make your own sign, take a photo, and send it to us firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are celebrating this week, and if you live anywhere near Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we hope you'll join us. The SolBus made the 2,982-mile journey across the United States and is preparing for the cross-Atlantic voyage to Ghana. We'll be celebrating the next phase of the Solarize Ghana project with happy hour drinks and eats at Mesquito Grille in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, June 20th.
With a $10 donation at the door, you'll enjoy great Happy Hour Specials including:
Students and Teachers at Butler Elementary School got to check out the Solbus today in Chalfont, PA. The students took a tour of the bus and got to ask questions about technology and the process of shipping the bus. The 6th graders at Butler helped raise money by having a dance-a-thon. Their proceeds will support soalr installations on two of the six schools.
Thanks to everyone in Chicago who came out to visit the SolBus and support Solarize Ghana! We'll be adding more of your awesome photos to the Facebook photo album.
The SolBus will be at Penn State on Saturday, June 16 for Father’s Day. Come visit us at Otto’s Pub and Brewery between 1:00 and 3:00. Then the bus will take a special trip to the Center for Sustainability at Penn State, Davis Lettero’s alma mater and the place he built his first off-grid solar array in 2004 (featured in this Penn State News Story in 2005).
Thanks to everyone who came out to support Solarize Ghana last night at St. James and this morning at the Midtown Market in Reno! The SolBus will be at the Discovery Museum in Reno from 2:00 to 5:00 today. Stop by with your whole family for kid-friendly solar demonstrations and tours of the SolBus.
Dave and I spent last night packing the SolBus for the cross-country trip to the shipping port in Baltimore. We (mostly Dave) have been working on retrofitting the bus for nearly a year, and it was bittersweet to say goodbye this morning. I got up early to sip a latte at the bus table before heading to work, and then Dave left to drive to Reno—speaking of Reno, I’m so excited to tell you all about the great Solarize Ghana events we have planned. If you live anywhere nearby, we’d love to see you!
Where: St. James Infirmary, 445 California Avenue (Reno) - This is a Solarize Ghana Fundraising Event! Support the project and receive a souvenir VIDA Bracelet that entitles you to many drink specials inside St. James Infirmary.
Thanks to everyone who came by the Corvallis Farmers’ Market to support Solarize Ghana a few weeks ago! We look forward to sharing your photos with everyone in Ghana. It was a special surprise to see Wilbur, who we bought the bus from in 2009.
Before the SolBus begins its journey to the east coast, it is taking one last trip in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll be at Last Thursday in Portland, Oregon on May 30th. Come over and say hi! You can check out the inside of the roving solar workshop, see Chris Rice’s murals in person, and get your picture taken for the Solarize Ghana collage. We’ll bring the collage (with your photo!) to West Africa to show our Ghanaian friends how many Americans have pitched in to bring clean, renewable energy to their schools and medical clinics. (Last Thursday is on Alberta Street from 15th to 30th Avenue from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.)
Thanks to Mosaic Company for a great Seattle Launch Party! Our first solar concert was performed by Celestine. The VIDA Team is rolling across beautiful Washington State in the SolBus this weekend. We'll be announcing our US tour stops soon!