Bringing Light To Uganda - JHA & SolarEdge


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SolarEdge joins JHA in a journey to Uganda’s rural villages, providing PV systems with power optimizers and remote PV monitoring to maximize solar power harvesting in primary schools, medical clinics, and clean water pumps, reaching the 100,000th person in Africa

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Bringing Light To Uganda - JHA & SolarEdge

  1. 1. JHA and SolarEdge in UgandaBringing light to the villages of Africa A photo journal Amit Rosner, March 10th, 2010 © All rights are reserved
  2. 2. Many parts of Uganda are disconnected from the national infrastructure Imagine your life without: Electricity Sewage system Access to clean water Access to proper medical services Refrigerated medicine and vaccinations Means to light schools or operate computers
  3. 3. Uganda – the pearl of Africa
  4. 4. Most Ugandan families earn less than $1 per day © Photo Amit Rosner
  5. 5. Average life expectancy is around 50 years, orphans are many.HIV-AIDS rates have decreased to 5% of the population, but are now on the rise again © Photo Amit Rosner
  6. 6. High infant mortality - 2 out of 5 children in rural Uganda will not make it to the age of five.Common causes of death: waterborne diseases, malaria, complications of respiratory diseases © Photo Amit Rosner
  7. 7. Each family grows the food necessary for its survival. Much of the burden falls on women and children © Photos Amit Rosner
  8. 8. An endless Papyrus swamp. Plenty of water isn’t always a blessing.During our trip 300 people died in mud slides due to the heavy rains © Photo Amit Rosner
  9. 9. Stagnating water foster these mosquito larvae, carriers of the omnipresent Malaria © Photo Amit Rosner
  10. 10. Many women and children walk several kilometers every dayto bring water from often contaminated sources back to their villages © Photo Amit Rosner
  11. 11. Others spend hours collecting wood for cooking and lighting, contributing to deforestation © Photo Amit Rosner
  12. 12. Mother and baby collecting wood © Photo Amit Rosner
  13. 13. Life isn’t all dark. …there’s always time for play © Photo Amit Rosner
  14. 14. Life isn’t all dark. …there’s always time for play © Photo Amit Rosner
  15. 15. Without telephone lines, cellular phones are popular.But charging often requires walking several hours to the next grid-connected town © Photo Amit Rosner
  16. 16. JHA and SolarEdgeJHA is a non-profit organization that brings sustainable Israelitechnologies to rural African villages. Since its founding in 2008, JHAhas completed 27 projects, bringing solar powered light foreducation, water pumping systems for clean water and refrigerationfor lifesaving vaccines to over 100,000 African people.SolarEdge recently partnered with JHA to maximize panel energyoutput, reduce maintenance cost via SMS and Internet remotemonitoring, prevent panel theft, and improve system safety.
  17. 17. Receiving the blessing of the First Lady of Uganda, “Mama” Museveni.Mrs. Museveni has dedicated her last 24 years in power supporting orphans and the poor © Photo Amit Rosner
  18. 18. “With SolarEdge I can monitor our 27 African solar sites using my laptop in our NYC office”, explains JHA President, Sivan Borowitch Ya’ari, to the First Lady © Photo Amit Rosner
  19. 19. Lubuulo Primary School Energy for education. Light in classrooms provides students andadults with a place to study at night and access to electricity for radio and computer use.
  20. 20. The Lubuulo Village, disconnected from the electricity grid. 990 children study in Lubuulo elementary school © Photo Amit Rosner
  21. 21. JHA president welcomed by Lubuulo students upon our arrival © Photo Amit Rosner
  22. 22. SolarEdge power optimizer installed by JHA’s local contractor, Robert Mpagi, to enable energy maximization and remote monitoring © Photos Edoe Cohen
  23. 23. SolarEdge Monitoring Smartphone application reviewed byJHA’s local contractor Robert Mpagi, and local office manager, Robert Khakhosi © Photo Amit Rosner
  24. 24. Children excited at the moment the first light bulb was lit.Located within several hours’ drive from the grid, it was the village’s first © Photo Amit Rosner
  25. 25. The first lesson - “What is Solar Energy” – was taught in an illuminated classroom as the fascinated children stared at the light bulb outside the building © Photos Amit Rosner
  26. 26. Nabigwaali Medical ClinicIn medical clinics, solar powered refrigerators for essential medicines and vaccines now protect local children from preventable diseases such as tuberculosis, yellow fever and measles. In addition, patients can find the way to the illuminated clinic and be treated at night.
  27. 27. Installation commences on the roof of Nabigwaali’s clinic as locals celebrate in the clinic yard © Photo Yoav Dagan
  28. 28. Installation commences on the roof of Nabigwaali’s clinic as locals celebrate in the clinic yard © Photo Edoe Cohen
  29. 29. Installation commences on the roof of Nabigwaali’s clinic as locals celebrate in the clinic yard © Photo Edoe Cohen
  30. 30. Installation commences on the roof of Nabigwaali’s clinic as locals celebrate in the clinic yard © Photos Edoe Cohen
  31. 31. Immediate installation verification using the SolarEdge Smartphone Monitoring application © Photos Edoe Cohen
  32. 32. SolarEdge saves a three hour drive on a bumpy dirt road, and the cost of fuel:Remote troubleshooting using the Smartphone application replaces on-site inspection © Photo Yoav Dagan
  33. 33. Following 17 speeches, we even got a traditional gift of a goat and a spear © Photos Edoe Cohen
  34. 34. “Power is nothing without control”, reads a signboard at Kampala, the capital city… …Definitely true when it comes to the monitoring of solar power systems © Photos Amit Rosner
  35. 35. Nawampiti Medical Clinic
  36. 36. Off-grid solar system is being installed on the clinic’s roof © Photo Amit Rosner
  37. 37. Off-grid solar system is being installed on the clinic roof© Photo Yair Lotan © Photos Amit Rosner
  38. 38. Locals applaud as the light bulb and vaccine refrigerator are powered up © Photo Amit Rosner
  39. 39. A Nawampiti doctor prepares newly refrigerated vaccinations for injection © Photo Amit Rosner
  40. 40. Kaliro OrphanageSite visited to review the impact of solar powered light bulbs installed by JHA in the orphanage several months ago
  41. 41. We were welcomed by dancing and signing: “Together we can change the world” © Photo Amit Rosner
  42. 42. Children of the Orphanage of Kaliro seated in their illuminated classroom. Reading of bedtime stories is now possible with dormitory lighting © Photo Amit Rosner
  43. 43. Putti VillageSite visited to review the impact of solar powered water pumpingsystem installed by JHA last year.Over 20,000 liters of clean water are pumped per day. Clean waterprevents the spread of water-borne diseases, currently responsiblefor 80% of death and illness in the developing world. Consistentwater access also provides year-round irrigation for crops. Thisincreased food production leads to food security and economicgrowth through the market sale of surplus crops, leading to ahealthier and wealthier village.
  44. 44. The solar powered water pumping system draws clean water from the underground aquifer © Photos Amit Rosner
  45. 45. The water can now be safely used for drinking, cooking, irrigation, and bathing! © Photos Amit Rosner
  46. 46. Learn more:JHA : www.jhafrica.orgSolarEdge :