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Lightbox Training for Community

The training was divided broadly into four themes. The first of which was to provide the basic wiring skills necessary to be able to carry out safe and reliable repairs to the systems. This included a description of all the necessary tools, what they are used for how to use them. The tools were used for cutting, stripping and crimping wire, which are essential skills. Furthermore this included practical training, whereby each student would need to cut, strip and crimp wires to an acceptable standard.

The second theme covered training on the basics of how each main component worked, which included the solar panel, battery, charge controller, switch and fuse. The students were required to be able to describe what the function of each of the components was, and how they all related to each other.

The third theme focussed on how the system was designed, or more specifically how it was wired internally. The training involved using an example Lightbox, which was disassembled into its component pieces, and slowly put back together one piece at time until the system was working again. This also involved a discussion of the purpose of each of the components and why it was wired the way it was. The students were then required to each disassemble the components and then rewire it themselves with limited help. This was completed successfully by all present.

The fourth and final part of the training was to diagnose and repair faulty Lightboxes. A message was sent out to the community to bring in their Lightboxes if they needed repair. The faulty systems were then diagnosed and repaired by the students themselves, with supervision.

Msobomvu Solar Home Lighting Systems

Our team of 4 Grey Green engineers and 12 local volunteers assembled and installed 250 Lightbox systems in 3 weeks in Msobomvu, Eastern Cape. We achieved this without having or needing access to any other power sources on site.

Rural KZN Solar Home Lighting (LightBox)

Funded by environmental NGO Project 90×2030, we designed and installed 50 solar lighting kits in various rural KZN villages. This project entails an intensive program to train local residents on the basics of solar energy, as well as to maintain and repair the systems. The hope is that they can then set up businesses to supply spares and offer maintenance contracts to users. Grey Green continues to offer support to manage their new business and to provide access to spares when required.

The system components were carefully designed with the unique challenges of rural sites in mind. This included special attention to using high quality and long lasting components, such as aluminium frames and stainless steel fasteners, as well as UV protected cable. The batteries are sealed to reduce maintenance, and the 6W LED lights are expected to last more than 5000 hours.

These systems are available for purchase in large quantities. Click here to read more about our LightBox case study. Click here to see more LightBox technical information.