Bringing Solar Power Lights To Belize

Reusable and sustainable solar LED technology which can help eliminate the use of kerosene in developing nations, where the power grid is unreliable or non-existent, is something likely welcomed by the locals. One such case recently occurred in the village of Bomba in Belize, as the organization Grid Earth brought to the villagers 50 solar lights.

Grid Earth, also known as GEAR, says it provided enough lights to light every home in this small village. GEAR said of these lights that they “have small solar panels that can be installed on the roof or sit in the window that will charge a par 45 size LED lamp. The lamp is big enough to light up a 10 foot square room. The lamp charges by day, and gives up to 10 hours of use at night on the low setting. Or it will produce approximately 5 hours of light on a high setting which is suitable for reading. The lamps will last for many years to come and the average lifespan of the solar charged battery is estimated to be about 2 years.”

GEAR Solar

image via GEAR

GEAR said the village can sustain these solar lamps from the resulted savings of up to 75% over the cost of kerosene. Additionally, it bought products of the craftsman in Bomba to bring back to the U.S. for sale worldwide. Sales of their crafts will hopefully fund the next trip to a village in Belize to bring light, and, according to GEAR, the cycle will repeat itself.

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3 Comments

  • Reply September 12, 2011

    Mixchelcamalote

    This is an excellent program and I would like to be a part of it. I have 30 acres near Belmopan and I am setting up solar and would like to offer this plan to the neighbors when I have it complete. I would appreciate any and all information, direction and encouragement.nMixchel

    • Reply June 27, 2012

      Foodproject10

      Hey Mixchel

      I am working on a project that will involve solar wind and a teaching program, I live in the states, Chicago , but I come down quit often, in fact I fly out tomorrow, I was by Belmopan, the keys and placincia,working on support for my project, also I”ve meet with the foreign trade commission to discuss my project.

      I happened upon your note doing research if you”re stii interested my email is, foodproject10@yahoo.com

      Thank in advance

      Ken Robinson

  • Reply September 12, 2011

    Mixchelcamalote

    This is an excellent program and I would like to be a part of it. I have 30 acres near Belmopan and I am setting up solar and would like to offer this plan to the neighbors when I have it complete. I would appreciate any and all information, direction and encouragement.nMixchel

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