In rural parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo there has been a lack in reliable energy source to power simple devices such as reading lamps, which represents an obstacle for students achievements. It is not only the lack of reliable energy for the locals but also the tremendous cost for energy when it is available. Most often diesel generators are used to provide energy but the cost of fuel is very expensive, because they have to be flown in or brought up over river and land.
What we did
In order to achieve energy independence and drifting away from expensive diesel generators IAAAE’s Alternative Energy committee sent a team to the Democratic Republic of Congo to provide a sustainable energy solution in remote villages using solar powered systems.The AEC committee fulfilled their promise to install 25 solar systems across the Democratic Republic of Congo. Engineers from IAAAE Germany volunteered their time for four weeks to accomplish this task.
The locals have now a reliable energy source and do not have to rely on expensive diesel generator any more. Students from nearby schools visit the locations where we have implemented the solar systems and can now power up their devices such as rechargeable lamps for free. For the locals the energy provided through the solar systems reduces their financial burden.