Twende Solar selects site for 2022 Solar Games equipment donation
Almost a billion people have no access to electricity today; of that, more than 75% live in Africa. The problem is particularly widespread in East Africa, where more than half from Ethiopians have no access.
Many steps, large and small, will be needed to meet this urgent need. In recent years, Intersolar North America (ISNA) and Energy Storage North America (ESNA) have partnered with Second Solar, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resource-deficient communities with renewable energy systems. The goal of the partnership is to improve low-energy communities access to lighting, cooking, communications and education through donations from the Equipment Sponsors of ISNA/ESNA’s annual Solar Games installation competition.
The solar games is the industry’s premier solar and storage competition. Taking place live in a stadium setting in the ISNA/ESNA expo hall, the tournament-style competition pits teams from the US against each other in timed matchups as they build residential solar and storage systems. The winning teams will advance to the next round and eventually compete in the championship for the chance to take home a share of $16,000 in total cash prizes and the title of Solar Games Champion.
At the end of the most recent Solar Games in January, the systems and accessories were donated to Twende Solar on behalf of the sponsors, supplemented by additional donations of equipment, services and funds.
Later this year, Twende Solar will supply and install a solar + storage system for the Wogagen School in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia. The Wogagen School provides educational and vocational training opportunities for the students and the greater community of Debre Birhan. Twinde Solar will carry out the campus installation and train local experts to maintain the systems.
Students and community members will benefit from:
- A fully powered computer lab
- Security lighting to protect the facility
- A well-lit communal area for local micro-enterprises to work at night
This project would not have come to fruition without the support of Solar Games sponsors who supplied panels, batteries, inverters and associated equipment.
“The ability of this industry to give charitably is very gratifying. Such donations create opportunities in communities that have traditionally been disadvantaged and do not have access to the benefits of solar energy,” said Marissa Johnson, executive director of Twende Solar.
2022 sponsors included:
Installation at the Wogagen School is planned for late 2022, giving the community new access to clean, renewable energy. For more information about the project and ways to help, click here.
“Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we can continue to help communities in need through the annual Solar Games. We are excited to see that much of this year’s equipment, valued at over $50,000, is helping to bring so many benefits to Wogagen School in Ethiopia. We look forward to another highly competitive and ultimately rewarding Solar Games in 2023,” said Wes Doane, event director, Intersolar North America and Energy Storage North America.
The 2023 Solar Games will be held at Intersolar North America and Energy Storage North America 2023, taking place Feb. 14-16 in Long Beach, California. The applications of the Solar Games installation team opened on June 1. Interested sponsors are encouraged to contact Hannah Schnyder, Solar Games Event Coordinator.
News release from Intersolar North America