Navajo Solar Lights
Our Rotaract Club partnered with the State of Jefferson Rotary eClub and the Durango Daybreak Rotary Club in Colorado, USA to help install 30 solar light packages on the Navajo Reservation in Northern New Mexico, May 2016. The Rotaract eClub of No Borders helped to add 2 additional solar light installation kits to this project- to help a total of 32 families currently left in the dark.
Each solar installation kit includes the following:
- One 6 square foot solar array
- Three lithium iodide batteries and LED light fixtures- which are placed at the choosing of the residents who live there and can be used as a flashlight
- Installation wiring
- A separate electrical line for charging low-powered devices
A full charge of 4 hours from this solar array will provide 6 full hours of lighting and energy!
The Navajo Reservation is approximately 1/3 the size of the state of Oregon at 27,000 square miles and is home to over 300,000 natives. It extends into the desert states of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Despite its size, there are less than a dozen paved roads throughout the entire reservation, and electricity can not be provided far beyond them. This leaves families without electricity and needed light at night.
Together, the Durango Daybreak Rotary Club and the State of Jefferson Rotary eClub have installed hundreds of solar lights and have provided various labor over the past several years to help the important needs of these families. It was exciting to be a part of this ongoing project.