TUESDAY 30 DECEMBER, 2008 |
Kyocera Donates Solar Power To Nepal Schools
Kyocera Corporation recently announced donations of solar power systems to
schools in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
The donations consist of fifteen 600-watt Kyocera
based systems complete with deep
storage, which Kyocera will install in participating schools
in Nepal starting early 2009. A 600 watt system may not sound like a huge
amount, but in a country where only approximately 20 percent of the population
has electricity, the donation will go a long way to provide a better education
experience for children in the beneficiary schools.
Nepal's electricity is mainly based on hydro-electric generation, which often
fails during dry seasons. Currently, the nation is experiencing one of its
worst energy crises, with those who do have electricity warned they can expect
blackouts up to 16 hours a day.
Climate change related threats could see similar disruptions to supplies
occurring more regularly in the future, so the country is beginning to look more
alternatives. During 2007, the total volume of shipments of Kyocera
solar power equipment to Nepal was 2.6 times higher than in 2006.
Kyocera entered the solar
business in 1975 and has a strong history of donating solar energy
systems to rural areas of developing countries. Kyocera's efforts in rural
electrification began with the donation of solar power systems to Kankoi,
Pakistan in 1983 and Gansu Province, China in 1985. Those projects included
power for agricultural irrigation, vaccine refrigeration, and electricity for
medical facilities. Looking ahead, Kyocera will also be donating solar power
systems to 20 schools in Tanzania over the coming five years.
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