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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Mexico 2018
Since 2008, the “Green Go Solar” project has provided remote and economically disadvantaged communities with affordable solar energy through education, hands-on training, and services. Using cosmetically defective, yet functional solar cells obtained through industry waste streams, the “Green Go Solar” project facilitates workshops teaching participants how to assemble solar energy panels using readily available material.
The “Green Go Solar” project was initially conceived to address the noticeable lack of electricity for residents of San Juanico, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The isolated communities contain 650 inhabits and 318 dwellings. It relies primarily on fishing and tourism for income, and is 30km beyond the nearest utility electric grid. A succession of infrastructure development has spawned numerous barriers for residents to attain energy security.
The solution is to develop a technology transfer project whereby, San Juanico Mexico residence living without electricity would be able to access affordable solar electric equipment. The “Green Go Solar” project founders experimented and developed a do-it-yourself model for assembling solar panels. These panels average one-third the cost of manufactured panels. Solar cells are easily transported, additional supplies and material are procured within the community, and panels are sufficiently sized for off-grid energy systems.
The project delivers a high impact opportunity through developing solar energy transfer models. Other organizations purchase retail equipment incurring greater project costs compared to Green Go Solar’s model, or create niche products which face limited operability and functionality. The “Green Go Solar” Project is innovative and unique enabling drastic cost reduction and ease of access to standard sized solar energy panels.