Polygrid has begun fundraising for a second PV array to benefit impoverished communities in the Philippines.
The not-for-profit organisation raised £12,000 for the Philippines Community Fund (PCF) in 2013, when it installed a 27-panel, 7kWp PV system on the roof of a school in the capital Manila.
It now aims to raise over £27,000 for a larger, 75-panel, 18.75 kWp array which will save PCF over £6,000 a year.
Each Polygrid project is installed by local tradesmen using local materials, with the Polygrid team on-site only to advise and share knowledge.
Tim Hickman, co-founder of Polygrid and technical manager for EvoEnergy, said: “After all of our supporters’ generosity with the first project, it’s great to be able to report back how much money the solar panels are saving PCF, which can now spend more on helping people in need.
“After the success of the first phase, we’re thinking bigger with a much larger fundraising target this time around. We, like them, want to share skills with people, not just money, to help people work their own way out of poverty.”
Jane Walker, CEO for PCF, added: “I’m really pleased with out new solar panels. We’re now looking forward to lowering our school’s overheads even further via our electricity bill and becoming one of the first schools in the Philippines to be 100 percent energised through solar power.”
Visit Polygrid’s Virgin Money page to donate at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/polygrid