Solar Energy in Nicaragua:
Photovoltaics and Other Direct Applications
Terrasol is a U.S.-based non-governmental organization that supports the development of solar energy in farms, schools, and community centers in remote communities in Nicaragua. Terrasol cooperates with Grupo Fenix, a non-profit organization supporting renewable energy and sustainable development in Nicaragua, especially in low-income communities.
(See also Solar Empowerment in a Rural Nicaraguan Community.)
Since 1987, Terrasol volunteers have worked to bring solar-powered electricity to rural Nicaragua, in cooperation with the people of these rural areas and Nicaraguan development and research agencies. Our volunteers have provided solar electric (photovoltaic) systems to areas that have never before had electric power. The systems are typically used for adult evening literacy classes and other community activities. Presently, we are maintaining the systems installed in past years.
By Mary Ellsberg
August 3, 2018
We are not presently working on projects ourselves. If you wish to volunteer in solar energy in Nicaragua, we recommend that you contact Grupo Fenix.
If you are looking for solar energy equipment to purchase in Nicaragua, please contact Suni Solar in Managua.
Photovoltaic panels (PVs) convert sunlight directly into electricity. A PV panel feeds electricity to a battery, which stores the energy until it is needed. In a typical Nicaraguan installation, the system powers 40 watts of fluorescent lights, enough to light a couple of classrooms or a community center. We are now using made-in-Nicaragua PV panels.
Photovoltaics are often the quickest and least expensive way to bring electricity for essential services to remote areas. They require very little maintenance and have no adverse impacts on the environment. They provide an independent, decentralized source of power to the user.
Terrasol also supports direct applications of solar energy such as solar cookers, solar grain drying, and solar distillation of water.
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