An uphill struggle

In order to electrify the community and help power a water pump in Uganda, Photon Energy Foundation donated solar technology to a school in 2012

Until 2012, the children in the Ugandan village of Butega – Mityana had to carry two 5-liter canisters full of water from the local water pump to the school every morning. To do this they had to climb a hill to access the water source and cover a distance of 450 m in the scorching heat.

Photon Energy Foundation joined a long-term project by a partner organisation from the Czech Republic. Solar technology for a small solar PV system that delivers electricity and powers a water pump has been provided. The water pump fills the local reservoir with 2000 litres of water within 8–10 hours by using the abundant Ugandan sunlight. The solar power system electrifies the school as well as a small guesthouse that is rented out to tourists and thus provides necessary funding  for school operations.

The donated solar panels on the roof of the school.Zoom gallery
The donated solar panels on the roof of the school.

Building the water pump to provide the school with fresh water.Zoom gallery
Building the water pump to provide the school with fresh water.

The children of the school are happy with the solar panels and the water pump.Zoom gallery
The children of the school are happy with the solar panels and the water pump.

Find out more about our project in Uganda in the Case Study.

Project update (October 2017)

Five years after commissioning the solar installation, the Ugandan school continues to enjoy the electricity from the solar system as well as the clean water that it helps pump. Moreover, the awareness of the benefits of solar applications among the local community is spreading and further improves the perception of alternative energy resources. This project made local citizens realize that with supervision and regular maintenance solar systems are applicable, efficient and socially beneficial in small and detached areas where grid electrification is still uncommon.

 

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We would like to welcome our new Board Member Bogy 

24. 1. 2018
Update of the Uganda project 

2. 1. 2018
Welcome to our new member Marijke 

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