Gallery: Oregon Tech students 'solarize' Tanzania
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
SolarWorld donated 30 solar modules to the effort which saw students installing solar panels and building solar-powered water pump. But the trip also offered ample opportunities for cultural exchange.
A nonprofit organization started by an Oregon Institute of Technology professor sent a busload of 10 students down the back roads of Tanzania, installing solar panels and solar-powered water pumps at schools and hospitals.
Using panels donated by SolarWorld and TUV Rheinland, students in the schools Renewable Energy Engineering Engineering degree program, got hands-on experience earlier this year in truly off-the-grid solar installation.
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Solbodan Petrovic, a professor at the school, formed the nonprofit Solar Hope to send students on such trips. This August was the third time a group of students from OIT — school officials are pushing the new nickname of Oregon Tech — have made the trip.
"Before I joined Oregon Tech, I was volunteering in Africa," Petrovic said. "I recognized the need for providing lights in schools in remote areas. And also power for hospitals so they can treat patients at night."
Over the three years about 35 different installations have been made in the eastern African country, where about 75 percent of the country is without electricity.
Klamath Falls-based Oregon Institute of Technology on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its new Portland-area campus in Wilsonville, which will support its growing enrollment there.
Click through the gallery to see highlights of the Tanzania trip.
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