Earth Hour: A Reflection on Energy Use

This past weekend I participated in the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global event encouraging people to shut off their lights to bring attention to climate change. While climate change is certainly an everyday concern of mine, this event resonated with me for more than one reason. A night of darkness is not a deliberate […]

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YAI Zambia Assessment – Day 1

From volunteer Matt Salmon: Today, Chanda of YAI, AJ, and myself met with three different vendors/supplies. We began the day meeting with Maxwell Mumba (BD Manager) and Moses Mwale (Partnership Manager) of AgBit. AgBit’s purpose is to teach subsistence farmers how to transition to agribusiness. They currently work with various suppliers of ag equipment, seeds, […]

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Chalokwa Implementation – Day 7

Sunday June 26, 2016 After a intensive week of work in Chalokwa, we have finally driven the bumpy dirt road to the village for the last time.  The grand opening of the energy kiosk went on for most of the day today, with speeches from the teachers, demonstrations of the products, dances by the community […]

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Chalokwa Implementation – Day 6

Saturday June 25, 2016 Our time in Chalokwa is approaching its end, and the energy kiosk is nearing completion.    An increasing number of people have been gathering around the kiosk and the excitement is palpable in the community.  Village children have transitioned from being intimidated and afraid of the KWH volunteers to crowding around […]

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Chalokwa Implementation – Day 5

Friday June 24, 2016 We have completed another full day in Chalokwa and are making steady progress towards our goal of being ready for the grand opening on Sunday.  At the end of the day, all battery kits have been tested and delivered to the kiosk; the interior and exterior wiring have been completed and […]

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Chalokwa Implementation – Day 4

Thursday June 23, 2016 Today the lights went on in Chalokwa!  The group arrived in the village early to troubleshoot the issues that developed with the data acquisition system and to begin wiring the interior  of the kiosk.  It took a few hours, but Keiko and AK were successfully able to isolate the short and […]

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Chalokwa Implementation – Day 3

Wednesday June 22, 2016 We traveled back to Chalokwa with the entire team today.  Keiko worked with Suntech to complete the installation of the solar system, which is fully integrated with our data acquisition system (DAS).  The power system was tested and verified at the end of the day, and although some minor troubleshooting is […]