Today is World Environment Day and RainShine is launching a new fund to jumpstart our solar powered mini-grid project
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With no access to electricity, Epi’s energy demands are simply; people want electric lighting so they wouldn’t have to keep buying and burning charcoal, and they want a way cook and to charge their mobile phones. Having access to solar power will help reduce deforestation and particulate air pollution through the burning of charcoal.
A week’s worth of energy to meet basic demands for a single household can be stored in a small motorcycle battery. The batteries are locally available and very cheap (~$20 USD). They’re also portable. The Epi community can generate renewable energy collectively at a central location and then distribute it via a fleet of small carry-home batteries – a ‘portable’ micro-grid.
This fund will help us launch the first deployment of such a grid to the Epi School and teachers. Once proven successful we will scale the project to power all of Epi.
You can donate online to our Solar project here: https://www.youcaring.com/theschoolinepidrcongo-782936