MCOE Alternative Education Students’ impact in Kenya
SOLAR SUITCASES HELP POWER CLASSROOMS
MCOE Alternative Education students at County Community School and West Hills built two self-contained ‘solar suitcases’ for deployment to schools in energy deficient regions across the globe. This STEM (Science/Engineering/Technology/Math) project was the culminating activity of the PG&E Solar Suitcase program, a partnership between WeShareSolar and PG&E. We are pleased to learn that our solar suitcases were installed in May and are now helping to serve girls at the WISER Girls’ Secondary School in Nyanza District, Kenya. Below is some information shared with us about their story and pictures of the installation.
The suitcases will provide light and power for the 360 students and 35 staff at the school. Previously, the school had to rely on generators, lanterns and flashlights to light the school which was costly, unreliable and unsafe. The Solar Suitcases will be used to light the classrooms, staff room, and science laboratory to increase study time, teacher prep time, and add much needed security. They will also be used to charge teacher cellphones, laptops and heldlamps, important for safety and communication.
The installation was performed by all female solar installers from the WISEE (Women in Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship) team. WISEE empowers women in design, installation and dissemination of clean and efficient energy technologies and serves to foster entrepreneurship among women in the sustainable energy field across Kenya.