The Installation Begins! (Abbie Weeks)

We are finally ready to begin mounting the solar panels. We chose the south-east sloping side of the roof to mount the system. We also got to meet Albert today. Albert was a Nyaka primary school student who now is studying at a vocational school to be an electrician. As he is interested in solar energy,  we are excited to welcome him to work with us. We began by explaining our particular solar configuration and the science behind it. Before we began scurrying up the ladder to the roof, we drew out the system  on the chalkboard and made sure we had all necessary components.

The science storage room already has a “three way box” which allows the building’s electricity to either be off, connected to solar energy, or connected to the hydroelectric energy. We made sure all power was off in the building before beginning the installation.

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Jeff explains the different settings on the “three way box “to Albert and Victor, local electricians, and to Albert, a former Nyaka student.

 

Today felt utterly momentous. All year we have fundraised and planned and worried with a kind of anxious excitement and wonder. Now we are here in Nyaka. We have begun to do what we came here to do. If all goes well, by the time we leave, solar power will turn the lights on!

Send us luck!

Abbie Weeks

 

 

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