An organisation which helps NGOs in the developing world benefit from renewable energy has launched a fundraising appeal to bring solar power to a Philippino school.
The founders of Polygrid are hoping to raise £30,000 to finance and fit a 75 panel 18.75kWp system on the roof of a school in the capital Manila, that provides education to impoverished children living on dump sites.
After raising £12,000 for phase one the project, Polygrid hopes to raise the rest in time to complete the full installation, supported by EvoEnergy, this summer.
Tim Hickman, Polygrid founder and EvoEnergy technical manager, said: “We’re a group of friends with expertise in renewables, engineering and electronics who simply wanted to share our skills with people less fortunate than ourselves and help them to work their way out of poverty.
“The main reason I got into renewables in the first place was so I could have a job that didn’t just earn me a living but could make a difference in the world too – with Polygrid that’s just what I hope we can do.
“It was always our plan to split up this project – working overseas can be difficult so starting with a pilot scheme and a few achievable objectives means we can return later with experience and a plan to successfully deliver the full project. That’s why, after the success of the first phase with PCF, we’re aiming for a much bigger fundraising target.”
Visit Polygrid’s Virgin Money Page to donate at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/polygrid