Lights for Learning 2016

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From December 29, 2015 to January 26, 2016 a group of fifteen friends traveled to the mountainous region of Matagalpa, Nicaragua to bring the gift of light to 156 families. Five off-grid solar energy systems were designed, procured, and constructed by the group. The team also distributed 300 solar powered lanterns to 150 families teaching them about solar energy and the operation of the lantern.

The systems consisted of a 30 Watt solar module, 60 Ah Battery Bank, and 22 Watts of high-efficiency IMG_2201LED lighting turned on by two conventional light switches mounted on the wall. This gave the family the ability to have sufficient lighting to read, write, study, cook, and do chores simultaneously for 12 hours a day.

The families were incredibly grateful to receive the ability to further their education during the dark hours of the morning and night.

Group members:

Gideon Amelkin | Kylee Baucom | Devin Brenton | David Cox | Kyle Foy | Aaron Gagnier | Mike Guerin Riley Harwood  |  Bryan Janiczek  |  Josh Krasnigor |  Christian Moeller  |  Nick Neary  |  Bridget Peed  Patrick Reilly  |  Jon Robertie


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