Well known Solar Supply Companies and Manufacturers supporting Vanuatu
The last few weeks major solar supply companies and manufacturers have donated goods in support of our Vanuatu project, filling the gaps of needed equipment and allowing us to get close to shipping:
Selectronic- a SPPro and an ABB Inverter, needed for our biggest project, a college in East Ambae, incredibly generous.
GNB Industrial Power- were the first to donate 4 big sealed batteries, they will get us started on Tongoa.
Latronics- Latronics have immediately come on board when approached and donated 3 inverters going into schools on Tongoa, our first projects to be undertaken.
R & J Batteries and BAE- the biggest battery donation, allowing us to complete all of our Vanuatu projects.These BAE tubular positive gel cells are premium quality built in Berlin Germany for reliable power for years to come and absolutely needed for such an environment.
TLE Electrical- all these little bits and pieces needed to complete a system add up really fast, depleting our funds at an alarming rate and thanks to TLE Electrical's generosity we are now at 99% completion to load the container.
Our list of companies donating is getting longer and longer, please take a moment to check out the generosity and Australian spirit of giving in the sidebars,
Volunteers are on stand-by, waiting to get the start sign as all is now pending on the last 2 deliveries to RFI and the container being cleared by custom in Port Vila.
Once we are in Vanuatu, don't miss to visit our website daily to view our progress and see your donations taking place.If you can help in any way, please contact us NOW.
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As many of you may recall, shipping to Vanuatu as well as getting the goods and volunteers from the main island of Efate to Tongoa has been one of our biggest headaches; very costly, time consuming, at times frustrating and a big learning curve for all involved.
At a time of great need help arrived from a completely unexpected source:
Working Options, a not-for-profit organisation that not only helps disadvantaged people into training/employment but also assists other worthwhile causes through their charity program.
Having heard about our non-existent cash and the need to pay for shipping and transports Working Options donated $15,000 towards our cause, the biggest cash donation received to date, thank you. This will also allow us to cover basic accommodation, meals and transport from Port Vila to Tongoa for our Volunteers who will be staying on a very isolated island while installing the systems.
Thank you, Working Options, we would not be close to shipping if it hadn't been for your generous donation.
One of SEIA's projects in Vanuatu is a College on the Island of Ambae and to date it is the biggest project to be completed during school holidays. The College has 300 students and currently runs on diesel generators. Due to the size of system necessary SEIA has been putting out calls for more inverters, regulators and batteries.
Selectronic responded to our need and not only generously donated a SP Pro to be used at St. Patrick's College, but will also program it and introduce its operations to staff at the college. Thank you Selectronic!
We are another step closer to install the solar systems in our Vanuatu projects thanks to a helping hand from "SolarWorks" in Queensland on the Atherton Tablelands.
Nick Chapman received our latest newsletter call for regulators and batteries and immediately called our office, asking what exactly we needed and if we wanted some cash to purchase some items as he didn't have the stock available.
Turned out that SolarWorks are a small company with a great philosophy, they donate a certain percentage of their income to good causes. Another prime example of a solar company with high ethos, caring not only about the environment but also about people living in it. Thank you SolarWorks!
If you can help in any way, please contact us NOW.
In June this year 3 SEIA Committee members visited Vanuatu to assess the need for solar equipment on the islands of Tongoa and Efate and they were not prepared for the amount of destruction they were about to see.
Brick buildings were ripped off the foundation (photos above show 2 school buildings), iron steel trusses bend, iron sheets, hardwood trusses, and equipment were found more than 50 meters between destroyed banana plants and palms. Foreign Aid has moved on to other disaster areas and the people of Vanuatu are trying to rebuild their lives. An incredible hard task as the meagre income that they used to make is affected by the loss of banana and palm plantations as well as the loss of vegetable beds, their main goods to be sold at the markets on the bigger islands.
On Tongoa the majority of households have no electricity. The lucky schools that had a small solar system to provide some lights and maybe even running a laptop and printer are now faced with teaching in dark classrooms where there still is a building left that can be used or teaching in tents, generously provided by Unicef.
The first recipients of donated solar equipment are 2 schools on Tongoa Island and a Health Center on Efate
and Ere School on Tongoa Island
Saupia Health Center on Efate, north-east of Port Vila looks after hundreds of people and is most used by women requiring pre- and post natal care as well as giving birth at the center. Due to the cyclone all but one building including solar equipment has been damaged and in the one being used only a lightbulb in each room is managable, no fridge, no fans.
It was very difficult to choose just 3 projects and only consulation was that Australian Solar Installers have generously donated goods and are still sending donations to the warehouse enabling us to assist more later in the year.
Thank you to Isabelle and Paul from the Ratua Foundation for their generous donation of a charter plane, their time given and the wonderful lunch provided through the Chief Morrison, not to forget the bottles of water as there is no fresh water supply on Tongao.