Nonprofits around the world have spent millions of dollars attempting to bring AC-based microgrids to the billions of people worldwide who live without grid power. These systems are fragile, and when the batteries die, they are prohibitively expensive to replace. Because of this, there are mountains of toxic batteries and other useless solar junk scattered across the developing world. These folks from these nonprofits mean well, but at the end of the day they go home to grid power. They don’t know what it really means to live off the grid. At Living Energy Farm, we know our solar design is dependable, affordable, and the main components last for decades. We know this because we use this system every day.
The DC Microgrid design at Living Energy Farm represents a powerful low-carbon energy solution for the majority of the global population that is not wealthy. That’s why in April 2019 we installed 7 Iron Sun Cabin kits in homes on the Navajo Nation. In March 2020, we grew the program to 47 installations in both the Navajo and Hopi reservations. We are working with organizations on the rez to raise the funds for another round of installations in 2021.
We have contacts in Jamaica and Ghana who are setting up pilot projects in their communities. The COVID-19 crisis has slowed our fundraising efforts and complicated shipping logistics, but we are prepared to move forward on these projects when the pandemic passes.
How you can help
Private donations and skilled volunteer labor make these projects possible. All donated funds go towards materials, shipping and travel expenses. We can build our smallest kit for approximately $160 in parts. All labor for this project is volunteer, provided by the crew at Living Energy Farm.
Donations are tax deductible through Virginia Organizing. Make sure your donation is designated toward the Living Energy Farm Education Program.