Solar panels hard at work in rural Tibet.
When communities come together to support one another, that’s powerful stuff. When you add solar power into the mix, the sky is the limit. Such is the case with the group of New Mexico students who joined up with Conscious Journeys and decided to hop over to Tibet to install solar panels at a medical clinic there, where there’s no doubt the power generated will go to the greatest good for all.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “A team of students from San Juan College (New Mexico) are planning a photovoltaic (PV) installation at a medical clinic in the town of Sihurong, located on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau.” The Chronicle continues, “The PV installation will provide electricity for lights and necessary equipment in the clinic. The students, along with solar engineer Mike Sullivan and SJU assistant professor of English Chris Strouthopoulos, will spend several weeks in the area. The students will learn about solar design and engineering in addition to undertaking cultural activities like staying with locals, visiting monasteries, and trekking in the mountains.”
Typically when you think of solar panel installations, your mind produces images of residential areas and perhaps business buildings equipped with rooftop solar panel installations put there to provide energy to those fortunate enough to live where solar energy is affordable. You may have to retrain your brain, because this is the third solar energy story we’ve blogged about this year that involves third-world regions receiving solar energy in some way. There were the schools powered by Evans Wadongo in Kenya, then the homes in South Africa that generated clean water through homemade rooftop solar cleaning mechanisms, and now this. All made possible by the sun, though this little array in Tibet is the first “professional grade” solar install we’ve written about in such instances!
But the inspiration shouldn’t be left on the page, nor should it end with the college students who brought the panels to Tibet. The “solar bug” needs to catch on more in America, and it’s our hope at Adair Solar Company in Mesa that a story like this one will inspire someone in the US who thinks that solar panels are not affordable to rethink their stance and call their local solar panel company.
If you’re ready to take that plunge and you are beginning to understand that solar energy is NOW, not later, give us a call. We’ll have an educated and experienced solar technician come out and discuss your solar options with you. From solar water heaters in Phoenix to ways to stop wasting energy like radiant barrier insulation, Adair Solar has solutions for you and your home.
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