Monday, November 16, 2009

Voluntary Programs E-site

As part of ESF's communal RE initiatives, we have officially launched a Voluntary Programs Site, to serve as a source of information, a point of contact, as well as a means of applying to .... ESF's voluntary programme.

We are now in the middle of one wind energy project, and about to start a strategic partnership with a large, multinational RE business.

Our wind energy project is located in a a residential community in Dzorwulu, which, happily enough, is right in the path of one of Ghana's windbelts.

Basically, a kilowatt of wind energy will cost you about GH1800 or $1200. This is for the wind turbine, the back-up battery (to store power for when wind drops), the pole,cost of labour, transport .... EVERYTHING.
A kilowatt of energy will power your television, radio, refridgerator, PCs, ironing, and ceiling fans (and a few petty gadgets) 24hours - 7 days. Meaning that you pay no electricity on these after your installation.

Pretty neat, don't you think?

And I usually advise that people start off on such small notes, cause then .. they get to appreciate and understand the technology, so by the time they want to upgrade, they'll be speaking the jargons themselves!

Our recent project is the Communal Facilities Initiative, to build certain infrastructure in carefully selected deprived communities (in both rural and urban Ghana) ... and these will be powered on Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs).

It is in these initiatives that all prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to make their own piece of history.

Find below, the links to this site. Enjoy, and do feedback!

And spread the word, wherever you can! So long as you live in Ghana, you can't escape the energy crisis.
It is in sharing our burdens, that we both walk straighter.


P.S : Today, 25th December, I add this rejoinder : 1 kilowatt wind turbine can power anything(s) that consumes less than 1 kilowatt. This means it can power all the things mentioned, one or two at a time ... so long as they consume less than 1000 watts. This, I learnt recently, does not include ironing iron consumes 1200 + watts (damn!).
Thank you, Nana Bonsu of Busua ...

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