This is the basic flow of a DIY solar panel workshop. We begin by soldering solar cells together to compile a given voltage per string of 6 cells. We measure and test these cells/strings as we work. We then connect all the strings together to get to our final working voltage. We build the frames, sourcing local material and using recycled material whenever possible. At the end of the workshop we have a working solar panel that is placed in use for members of the local community in need. This is a critical part of our workshops, as it puts the theory that the volunteers have learned to practical use. Many volunteers claim that this excersize is a key stage in truly understanding the theory and design that they have learned. Visit us at http://greengosolar.org to learn more.
The roof team racking solar panels at Escuela La Tarde in Costa Rica. This school sits on the border of the amazing Corcovado national forest and was one of many schools in Costa Rica in dire need of power. Lighting up schools is a core part of our focus and mission, as well as one of our favorite things to do.
The interior of the install at Escuela La Tarde on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The volunteer team outfitted the school with a full off-grid solar system as well as all the breakers, wiring, plugs, and lights for the AC side. We stayed at ecolodge La Tarde and the next day we were rewarded with an amazing jungle hike into the stunning Corcovado national forest.
This is a double-panel we created from an old glass door (note the handle) for the annual Semana Santa surf tournament in our base of San Juanico, BCS aka 'Scorpion Bay'. We powered a local family's taco operation for the weekend with the energy produced from the panel for the weekend to raise awareness and help out. Special thanks to Kristina White, Tony Santalocci, and Chris "el penguino" Kostiw for helping with the panel and sign. Please visit us at http://greengosolar.org to learn more.
Just cool stuff…we LOVE getting out there. This is a handful of things we saw on the last run to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Surfing, trekking, kayaking, dolphin tours, waterfall hikes supplementing lots of hands-on solar training. We want people to be passionate about renewable energy and the one of the best ways to promote this mindset is to live, breathe and enjoy the environment around you. Pura Vida.
We love to light up schools. This is a kindergarten install in the small town of 'esquelita' in the Laguna San Ignacio area. We did this install with funding help from Baja School Friends. This is a UNESCO heritage site due the grey whale activity that happens here: Mothers bring their recently born calves to teach life skills in the natural protection of the lagoon. Whales will encourage their young to come up to boats and will often lift their heads out of the water to be touched and petted. Truly amazing.
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Another set of reclaimed panels goes out to its new home on the ranch. We put lots of upcycled panels into the field. The batch of panels shown here was acquired by Dr. John Kimball and Sun Electric (sunelec.com) and donated to us. They were taken off of a large on-grid community in Arizona and they've now been put to use in off-grid application. THANK YOU, DR. JOHN KIMBALL AND SUN ELECTRONICS.