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Public Radio Interview for Solarize Ghana

Monday, June 24, 2013

Listen to this clip of VIDA's Executive Director David Levine getting interviewed by Jerome McDonnell on Worldview about the Solarize Ghana Project on the best public radio station in the land WBEZ Chicago (600,000 listeners/week). We hope the added publicity will help us reach our ultimate project fundraising goal! http://m.soundcloud.com/wbez-worldview/road-tripping-across-ghana-for/


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Saying bon voyage to the SolBus on Summer Solstice

Saturday, June 22, 2013

(Carly Lettero text / David Lettero photos)

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. 

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Don’t Skimp on the ‘Mallow

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The SolBus is headed to the shipping port tomorrow, and the VIDA crew is busy filling out shipping paperwork, labeling boxes, battening down the hatches, and getting ready for the SolBus Shipping Celebration at Mequito Grille tonight at Mesquito Grille in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.  

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 info@thevida.org

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SolBus Shipping Celebration - Thursday, June 20 in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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:

  • Half Price Appetizers
  • $5 Margaritas
  • $1 Off Draft Beers
If you can't join us in Pennsylvania, you can still support the project by donating online and by sending us your own photo for the We Heart Solarize Ghana album

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Dance-a-thon 6th Graders Tour the SolBus in PA

Monday, June 17, 2013
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.

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Thanks for the Love Ohio!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The SolBus left Chicago early this morning and has been on the road all day. Thanks to the folks in Youngstown Ohio who stopped by to say hi and show their support. It has been a long drive! 

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Next Stop: Penn State

Friday, June 14, 2013

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). 

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Come Visit the SolBus in Illinois Tomorrow

Thursday, June 13, 2013

VIDA’s friends in Illinois are hosting a fundraiser for Solarize Ghana tomorrow night (Friday, June 14). We’d love to see you if you live in the area! Stop by for a drink and a tour of the SolBus. We’ll be at Tracy's Tavern in Clarendon Hills from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. (401 55th Street).

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Fun for the Whole Family - SolBus at the Discovery Museum in Reno Today

Sunday, June 09, 2013
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.

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Have a Drink for a Good Cause Tonight

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Where is the best party in Reno this Saturday night? St. James Infirmary of course! The SolBus will be parked out front, and St. James will be selling $10 VIDA bracelets, which will entitle you to happy hour drink specials all night ($2 off draft beer, $2 well drinks, and $2 off house cocktails). All the proceeds from the bracelets will go to Solarize Ghana and help bring clean, renewable energy to thousands of people in Ghana. Pete Barnato will be at St. James hosting the Saturday Night Dance Party, and you can add your photo the the We Support Solarize Ghana Album.  So drink and dance on the cheap for a good cause! 

St. James is located at 445 California Avenue. The party starts at 7 PM.

If you can’t join us tonight at St. James, you can support the project by donating online

Many thanks! 

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