On September 25, 2013, 5 Goal Zero employees delivered product to Eagle Energy for their light/power program in Tuba City, Arizona. It was so successful that this project has been extended through the end of the year! Please see the updated photo's of our trip and thank you to all that have supported this wonderful cause!
ABOUT THE PROJECT
An estimated 18,000 homes on the Navajo Indian Nation in the four corners region of the United States lack access to electricity. Many elders and families use polluting kerosene and propane lanterns for light in their homes, trapping in harmful fumes and posing a serious fire risk. Families spend $20-40 each month on these inefficient fuel sources, a huge price considering that many survive only on $700 each month. They are paying up to 6% of their income for a light source that is slowly killing them. Eagle Energy has worked since 2010 to provide energy access for these Navajo elders and families through the distribution and sale of affordable and efficient small-scale solar technologies.
WHAT ARE THE NEEDS?
2. Homes of Elders and Vulnerable Families
Access to solar light is life-changing for those elders and families that receive solar energy systems. Bessie Wilson lives in a small Hogan in Bodaway/Gap Chapter with no running water and an outhouse nearly 50 yards away. Bessie has a young daughter and a 15-year-old son who travels to school over 40 miles away during the week. Prior to receiving a Goal Zero system from Eagle Energy, Bessie and her family used expensive batteries to power a flashlight, or went without light at night. In March 2013, Eagle Energy installed a Goal Zero Escape 150 system in Bessie’s home, and additional lights outside her house and on her outhouse. Now, at night, Bessie can weave Navajo rugs to sell to support her family, and her son has started getting A’s and B’s in school, instead of C’s and D’s, by studying at night.
“My home was way, way, way out, toward the Grand Canyon. It burned down nearly two years ago. We just moved in here because we had no place else to go. I think we both felt a little more civilized with these lights because we could just go in and flip on the light, and I was able to have enough light over my cooking stove to prepare the food, even if we came home late in the evenings.” – Bessie Wilson
WHAT WILL THEY RECEIVE?
Goal Zero will be sending the Escape or Yeti 150 kit. This will include a 150 watt battery, 15 watt solar panel and 2 LED lights.
About Eagle/Elephant Energy
Eagle Energy formed as an expansion of Elephant Energy when the founder, Doug Vilsack, recognized a need in our home country for off-grid power solutions to the Navajo Nation. Click here for a video that tells the story.
To learn more about Elephant Energy, please visit www.elephantenergy.org
To learn more about Eagle Energy, please visit www.eagleenergysolar.org
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