TAPPING THE POWER OF THE SUN AND WIND- THE GOD GIVEN GIFTS OF NATURE
The Mt Elgon solar and windmill project was launched in October 2009. The aim of this project is to provide alternative sources of energy to our people.
Vision: To light 100,000 homes in rural Uganda by the year 2020.
Mission: To provide cost effective, good quality solar power energy for the development of our rural population and working for the benefit of society and environment. To enable young people, businesses and institutions to use solar power energy more consciously in ways that benefit people, environment and overall sustainable development.
Presently, 99.9% of the people in rural Uganda depend on firewood for cooking and this has had far-reaching negative effects on the environment. What’s more, there is no electricity and therefore no lighting in the vast majority of homes here.
Now we are building our own solar panels which will provide energy for small solar lamps and cookers. This will bring light to our community. It will also enable us to use water pumps to assist us in cultivating our crops. This will mean we do not lose our crops to drought and thus we will prevent famine. By using solar power for cooking, we will also reduce emissions into the atmosphere. Additionally, the project will provide jobs for young people who construct the panels. The next step will be to build windmills so that we can harness the power of the wind.
This project is very significant to us. Our people have always been at the mercy of the heat of the sun and the power of the winds. Often the winds have destroyed our crops and blown the roofs off our houses. And sometimes we have wilted under the heat of the sun. Soon, however, when it is too hot, we will know that this heat will bring us light in the darkness. And when the winds are blowing, we will know they are bringing us power.
Caleb Wakhungu, Team Leader for Mt. Elgon Self-Help Community Project, Acknowledged The Efforts of The Young People.
The most powerful thing we can do is to enable people to do things themselves and then acknowledge their achievements. When the solar project was launched, we gathered a conference of all the members of the school community.
We also invited a range of international guests and distinguished speakers from the region. The media was also there. The first solar panel was assembled in 2009 by young people from Mt Elgon Community. It is their achievement. And so, we created a ritual of acknowledgement to celebrate this. There were songs and speeches.
We acknowledge the achievements of our young people. They may not have had shoes, enough clothes or books to use at school. At times they may have gone without food, but they persisted through adversity to go on to higher institutions of learning and now they have done something that no-one else has done in our community. They have made our first solar panels. They have assembled these themselves.
Over many generations, our people have struggled to protect their crops from the heat of the sun and the strength of the winds. Their sacrifice has not been in vain. Now the dreams of our ancestors have come true. The hard work of our young people has made it possible for us to harness the heat of the sun. We acknowledge the achievements of our young people. It may have not been so easy for them along the way, but we are so happy that they raised their heads above the clouds.
The staff of Kitovu Mobile led by Cotilida Nanteza visited the solar plant in 2011. Click here to learn more about Kitovu Mobile.
Mt. Elgon Self-Help Community Project won the second prize for Green Business Plan Comme
petition 2011 under the Youth Entrepreneurship Facility (YEF) of International Labour Organization (ILO). The theme of YEF is unleashing African Entrepreneurship. The initiative is a partnership between the African Commission, The Youth Employment Network (YEN) AND THE International Labour Organization (ILO) implemented by the Youth Entrepreneurship Facility (YEF).
Mt. Elgon Self-Help Community Project presented the Business plan for solar project under the them;
“Tapping the power of the sun-The God given gift of nature”
The solar panels we produce provide light, charge telephone handsets, pump water for irrigation and domestic use, Run televisions sets, radios, shaving hair in salons etc
We thank God for making this possible and ILO for organizing the competition and all the friends who stood with us in prayers.
Our future plan for solar program is increase our production capacity from 260 watts per day to 1000 watts. We also seek to partner with renewable energy campanies and organisations aiming at providing renewable energy systems and products to poor communities. To support this program, please send us an email
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