Project Zambia: Conservation Lower Zambezi

We installed a 9.9kW system at Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), an education center in the wildlife-rich Lower Zambezi Area of Zambia that provides environmental protection and awareness training for all the schools in the region as well as training for potential safari and tour guides.

In addition to providing environmental education to local children and villagers, CLZ helps patrol the Lower Zambezi National Park to protect wildlife from poachers and supports the Zambian Wildlife Authority in its efforts to reduce human/wildlife conflict in the heavily game-populated area.

The system is designed to remove the school and camp’s diesel requirement completely, saving them thousands of dollars each year in operating costs. We also made energy efficiency upgrades including solar water-heating retrofits (no more relying on standard hot water heaters), high-efficiency refrigerators, and replacement of all of the school’s lighting and most of the camp’s lighting with low-wattage LED bulbs.

CLZ serves as our local partner in the Chiawa Game Management Area, helping us identify additional schools to provision with solar microgrids and handling maintenance and operation functions on behalf of Empowered by Light.