Sierra Leone Renewable Energy


The LemonAid Village Learning Environment is a K-12 school with 600 students in Lower Allentown, Sierra Leone. The school also functions as a community center, providing space and security for many community gatherings. They currently depend on an unreliable power grid and a costly diesel generator to meet their power needs. In order to run the computer lab, the generator has to be turned on and all other appliances have to be off.

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| The Need |

In the words of the head mistress, Francess Browne, “We are having energy failure and we are in desperate need of supplemental energy through sources such as solar panels and an energy storage facility.” The school needs an energy source that is reliable, can power the computer lab, and cuts down on costly fuel consumption.

| The EWB-USA Response |

The first steps in this process were to understand the needs of the community, as well as the economic and environmental costs of their current energy supply. Our team took an assessment trip to Sierra Leone in the winter of 2011 to assess the energy situation at the school and explore possible solutions. In collaboration with key decision makers in the community, we decided that a solar energy system was the best solution to meet the school’s energy needs. Our team is currently designing and fundraising for a solar energy solution that will meet the school’s current and future energy needs.

| Moving Forward |

Our team is planning for an Implementation Trip in May 2014. During this trip we hope to install a solar energy system at the school, teach the community how to care for the system, and leave the students with a curriculum to help them better understand how their school has power.

| Documents |

523 – Alternatives Analysis Form

524 – Preliminary Design Form