Project Zambia: Sioma

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The 106-panel photovoltaic array with backup battery storage continues to work smoothly and provide clean, quiet electric power to 100 percent of the Sioma campus, including seven classrooms, four dormitories, kitchen and dining halls, teacher housing and the police office.

 

We recently received word from the Ministry of Education for Zambia that the microgrid is providing real, tangible benefits to the students at Sioma, including improved safety and hygiene on campus, and that the overall exam pass rate jumped 89% the first year after the system was commissioned! Read more here.

In additional to providing a cleaner and safer learning environment and saving the school as much as $21,000 each year in diesel costs, our solar microgrid has prevented the manufacture and release of 86,000 lbs of CO2 into the air each year.

Oscar-nominated actor and clean-energy activist Mark Ruffalo traveled with EBL team members to Zambia in 2013 to honor the occasion. He was joined by key Zambian government officials, including the Minister of Education and the Permanent Secretary of the Western Province, as well as many other business and tribal leaders.

EBL co-founder Marco Krapels (left) and EBL advisor Mark Ruffalo (center) giving key to Sioma solar microgrid to Zambian Minister of Education.

EBL co-founder Marco Krapels (left) and EBL advisor Mark Ruffalo (center) giving key to Sioma solar microgrid to Zambian Minister of Education.

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EBL co-founder Marco Krapels and EBL advisor Mark Ruffalo in front of Sioma solar microgrid with children from a nearby village.

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Mark Ruffalo autographing portraits of "The Hulk" for Sioma High School students.

Mark Ruffalo autographing portraits of “The Hulk” for Sioma High School students.

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