Current Project

Solar Kiosk for Solomon Islands Schools – V.1

Over the lifetime of this 5-year project, we are seeking funding assistance to help build 5 1.2kW Goal Zero 3000A lithium ion battery banked stand-alone kiosks. This capacity building venture is designed to distribute and meter charging 10 phones or tablets simultaneously and 10 portable LED light bulbs for use in various buildings at 5 remote school campuses. Our first proposed install would occur at Vatu Rural Training Center, located on the sunny leeward Guadalcanal plain. The structure will also house a custom solar food dehydration system designed to supplement school lunch service and viable prepackaged meal product available for purchase. You could think of this kiosk as a school concession stand or permanent trade store from which students, staff and community members are able to purchase staple items such as school supplies, bandages, salt, etc. The finished structure will power a standby shortwave emergency response radio system, to aid in tsunami and earthquake preparedness and a literacy resource library will be made available for visitors to enjoy while they wait to recharge. All financial proceeds generated by the pilot kiosk will be tracked as important return on investment financial modeling data but, ultimately support day-to-day school functions and scholarship programs.

Our initial build-out will involve assessing the pilot kiosk’s performance, making necessary changes, and commissioning 4 additional kiosks at other already identified school locations. Early in phase 3 we aim to begin renewable energy curriculum development, Wi-Fi integration, village-scale charging station designs, business development extension trainings and university level renewable energy and sustainability degree programming.

This solar project vision serves as a bold and potentially transformative problem solving infrastructure development undertaking. We have set highly attainable cost effective goals alongside nationals who have provided invaluable culturally sensitive perspectives about what it means to thoughtfully introduce energy and communication technologies into Melanesian society. As advocates, we would be powerless without them.

Please contact us if you would like additional information or are ready and able to help lend a hand or provide financial support!