Nonprofit, The Sol Collective, has finished construction of a 4 megawatt solar installation at the Siempre Para Los Ninos orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Solar energy generated by the project is expected to provide the facility with 70 percent of its annual electricity needs. The installation is the first project for the San Diego based charity in their effort to unite solar professionals to deliver fully funded renewable energy projects to under developed regions around the world.
"In California, we have had huge strides in adopting solar energy, but there are so many communities in the world that don't have the access to clean energy, or any electricity at all. We want to provide renewable energy systems, accompanied with educational programs and training opportunities, to those who need it the most,” said Kevin Mulvey, president of The Sol Collective.
The installation at Siempre Para Los Ninos will reduce the facilities operating costs and ultimately save the orphanage money to allocate to other needs. The project, with the assistance of Sullivan Solar Power and nonprofit Angels2Angels, is expected to drive local economic development and create jobs, while educating the community and children living at the facility about the benefits of solar and other forms of renewable energy.
The Sol Collective’s mission is in step with Doctors Without Boarders. Instead of providing medical care, the nonprofit collaborates with other charitable organizations, community groups and companies to promote sustainability in parts of the world where residents do not have consistent access to electricity. Additionally, The Sol Collective provides solar installation job training for members of communities during each project’s construction.
"With the passionate individuals that make up the solar industry, it is clear that there is a huge opportunity for all of us to work together and use our collective knowledge to help provide clean energy to underdeveloped communities around the world," said The Sol Collective’s Vice President, Morgan Chan.
Sol Collective’s next project will supply and install an off-grid solar array and battery system at Buena Vida Orfanatorio, an orphanage in La Misión, Mexico. The building, currently under construction, is unable to connect to the local power grid. When complete, the project will enable the orphanage to be completely energy independent, saving it nearly $30,000 a year in electricity costs.Tweet