Solar Kits For Change provides global microsolar solutions that enable people in developing countries to create small sustainable income producing businesses. We also educate students about solar and how this source of natural energy can improve their lives.






Solar for Library in Swaziland - Spring 2018



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We are very excited to be partnering with Books for Africa! Their goal is to "end book famine in Africa" by collecting, sorting, shipping, and distributing books to students of ages in Africa. Working with the local Peace Corps volunteer they are establishing a library at the Dwalile Primary School in west Swaziland. We are passionate about this project to support education and provide books to children to improve their lives!

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As part of this project, we are donating and installing a 900-watt solar system that will provide electricity for lights and plug-in outlets for two computer laptops in the school library. The laptop computers will be used for cataloging the library books. We plan to work with the local Peace Corps volunteer to install the library solar system in the spring of 2018.

As we install the system we plan to teach the Dwalile Primary and Secondary students about solar and the potential this source of natural energy has for improving lives in their village. This summer, we will work on refining this curriculum so that it is engaging, useful, and has potential for long-lasting impact.

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We invite you to join with us! Donations for the solar education aspect of the project are needed. If you have special family member or friend you would like to donate your contribution to for donations of $150 or more, we will add an engraved plaque at the installation site in their name. You will receive a photo of the plaque and a map showing the location of the Dwalile Primary School to share with them. Yours will be a lasting gift that will not only benefit the 376 students currently at the Dwalile Primary School, it will continue to benefit so many more students on into the future.





100 Watt Portable Solar Barber Kit rev 3



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Due to increased interest of our sustainable solar income generation model, and successful feedback from our pilot project in West Africa, we are developing an assembly manual so anyone can build their own portable solar 100 watt power system in country. Using off the shelf components, our system can be assembled at a lower price point than our previous versions. Introducing the Portable Solar Barber Kit revision 3. With this all-in-one solution, this unit can run a hair clipper all day as well as recharge customers mobile phones, and still have enough power to run an efficient LED light for extending buisness hours into the evening. Then it can then be brought home to help supply light for the evening meal and childrens homework instead of using dirty kerosene lamps.
Here are links for the main controller box. Wire, ring terminals, and common small hardware can be found locally. Because of size and weight the 100w panel and deep cycle 100ah battery should be sourced locally.

Equipment enclosure
Battery Box
230v Inverter
euro power cable and plug
Solar Charge Controller
12V and USB Socket
Fuseholder X Four
1m Solar Cable Extension
Solar Cable Extension
Switched Lampholder
230 volt Mains Socket
12 watt LED Bulb

Amazon UK parts list for lower shipping fees to Africa.
Equipment Enclosure
Battery Box
230v Inverter
230v euro power cord and plug
Solar Charge Controller
12v and USB Socket
Fuseholder X Four
1m Extension Cable
Solar Cable Extension
Switched Lamp Holder
230 volt Mains Socket
14 watt LED Bulb




version 3 schematic







Kulanga Bana-Richard's Project. Action for Children Zambia 2017


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Last year we were approached by two U.S. based local women who asked if we would be interested in designing and installing a solar lighting project for the Kulanga Bana orphanage in rural Zambia near Chongwe. As part of the Action for Children-Zambia organization, the rural farm provides the opportunity for orphaned Lusaka children to train and earn an income based on agricultural and animal husbandry. We agreed and started the design process.

As the project progressed, we realized we had limited connections to that part of Africa for shipping the equipment needed for such a large scale installation. We researched solar equipment suppliers and chose Davis & Shirtliff LLC a company based in Kenya with a local office in Lusaka. Perfect! Now, on to the next issue. Due to the design of the children's residence and classrooms, this structure had no ceiling joists for mounting any wiring or lighting. With the Directors help, we hired a local carpenter to install the wooden mounting supports required. The Director was also able to source a local electrician to do the interior wiring and LED lighting installation.

childrens residence


Phase One

The first phase of the project was to contract Davis & Shirtliff LLC to install five Solar Rechargeable LED Street lights. As you can see in the photos, they are a welcomed addition to the farm.

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This new system provides safety for the children when using the latrines at night. Additionally, the children are excited to be able to play soccer into the evening hours. This is something they haven't been able to do up to this point.



Phase Two

The second phase was to install the supports for the internal wiring and has been concluded.


Phase Three

Phase three consists of having the local electrician install the interior lighting and wiring. This phase is now complete.


Phase Four

Now that all internal wiring is installed, Davis & Shirtliff crews returned to install the necessary solar racking, solar modules, wiring, controller, batteries and racking, and inverter to power everything.

equipment

The crew arriving with the equipment.



battery rack and inverter

The inverter, rack, and batteries



battery rack and inverter

The six 200ah 12v deep cycle batteries and 1600 watt inverter



solar modules

Installing the solar modules.



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12 modules ready for final connections

This system converts the 12v dc from the solar modules to 240v ac to support the lighting and low wattage equipment.



In keeping with our income generation model, we also suggested they provide haircutting services to nearby villagers for a fee, as well as mobile phone charging. The Director also mentioned they could generate a small fee by providing weekly movies on an LED television with a DVD player. This implementation would also help build fellowship among the villagers who live nearby, and enrich their lives as well.

This project is an ongoing experiment to determine if something this extensive can be deployed remotely, using local sources for procurement of equipment, installation, and maintenance of the system. We feel it will only succeed when having a strong and unwavering partnership with local people on the ground. These partners can make the correct decisions in the event any unforseen situations may occur. The experiment continues...







100 Watt Portable Solar Barber Kit rev 2 - **See revision 3 above**

We are now sourcing a complete 100 watt package in a self contained cabinet from SunTec Development Limited, a global supplier of solar power systems. The cart was fabricated by a local shop in Lagos.

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solar cart




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solar cart




solar cart










100 Watt Portable Solar Barber Kit

Our portable solar kit consists of a battery case that holds the controller, fuses, DC to AC inverter-all of the components of a wall mount system, now in one small package. It is small enough to be hand carried or moved with a two-wheel cart. The 100-watt solar panel that powers the kit can be moved around with the battery case for use at a business or it can be permanently mounted on a roof then easily connected each time the kit is used.









Barbers & Tailors in Africa Try Solar

After building the solar kit, we shipped it to rural southwest Nigeria first for testing by a 25 member Barbers Association. We sent hair clippers with the system, however, the barbers testing the kit preferred to use their own. The feedback from the barbers was very positive with a great deal of interest in obtaining the systems as soon as they can.









For Income Generation & Cleaner Air

On average barbers, in this region, make 2,500 naira ($11 dollars) and clothing tailors a little over 3,000 naira (about $15) in income per week. In both cases, these trades women and men with over 5 years of experience, are barely able to make their living expenses. Use of solar power instead of expensive, smoking gasoline generators will help them generate increased income. At the same time, this small business will improve air quality for better health throughout the community.


CEO of Megatree Consultants receiving haircut, while Harry Olupitan explains some of the Solar Kit features.








Education & Training

At this gathering of the 50 member Tailors Association, most of whom are women, our partner in-country nonprofit staff is providing them with information about what solar electricity can do for their small business for saving energy costs and improving air quality. The tailors need electricity for their sewing machines and pressing irons.









Solar for Schools

The same 100-watt solar kit can also be used at schools or power two to three LED lights, a fan, and a radio. Each school room could be equipped with a 100-watt system. At the end of each day the system can be moved for safe storage.


Board members Jeff LaHay, Fran Crotty, and Harry Olupitan at school with no electricity in northern Nigeria.






The 100-watt portable solar kit we built has external USB ports for charging cell phones, DC connections for two LED lights, and a 230 V AC receptacle are part of the battery case.