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Loyola Institute goes solar, moves out of debt shadow

posted Oct 10, 2015, 11:30 AM by Director Activiteca   [ updated Oct 10, 2015, 11:32 AM ]
Loyola Institute is getting the supplies for a solar power installation on its roofs, which will cut down the high electric bills they've been getting from the Honduran National energy company, ENEE.  The bills are big because Loyola has several high electricity users in its workshops of welding, carpentry, electricity, and "Gastronomia" (cooking-- which doesn't use electric stoves, but does have freezers and refrigerators.)

A shipment of donated solar panels is going to Puerto Cortes, a short distance from El Progreso, where the school is located.  There's also a donated inverter, which is normally pretty expensive.  And three engineering graduate students from University of Massachusetts will come to assist with the installations and educate the students in the whole process and the science behind it.

The installation is a complete unit in itself and can go into operation as soon as set up, but one or two other units would need to be added to generate so much power that it would feed enough electricity back into the grid for Loyola to owe nothing.  

Activitieca is participating as much as possible in this significant event, not simply because it is a "hands-on" lesson in science that the whole student body shouldn't miss, but because it is a landmark in bringing energy alternatives to the front in Honduras and will help raise awareness in the surrounding community, plus the rest of Honduras viewing the information on various media.

Another way that Activiteca is involved with the solar energy project is that Joan initiated the whole thing in June by contacting Soluz after she realized that Loyola and Nazaret both needed to get away from the black hole of electric bills, which were both current and for past usage, or else the schools would never have any solid ground to keep going.  If these schools were to close, more than a thousand adolescents would be on the streets with nowhere else to go, and Activiteca, of course, would also close at those sites.  Yes, Activiteca International could look for other sites in Honduras to set up operations, but there could hardly be any other institutions or organizations with such dedicated personnel, such clear needs, and such desirable locations. Not to mention the strong relationships that have been created with them in just two years, the kind you don't just walk away from.