Social Project for Electrifying Rural Schools: Full installation of photovoltaic solar system at school “Cerro de los Niños” in Jalisco.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility activities, Fisterra Energy in collaboration with The Pale Blue Dot, a non-profit Civil Association established in Mexico in 2015, has carried out a social project that contemplates the solar electrification of three rural schools.

Fisterra´s donation ensures that 146 students, 7 teachers and members of three communities, have access to an independent and sustainable source of energy at the school, in order to have suitable light and safe and reliable power supply for educational tools and different communication technologies.

At each school:

  • An autonomous photovoltaic solar system was installed, which generates 900 daily watts of electricity and is comprised of:
    • 2 solar panels (100 watts each one)
    • Investor
    • Load Controller
    • Batteries
  • A lecture regarding solar energy was provided to students, teachers and parents to explain the importance of energy sustainability.
  • The Electrification Committee was created in order to ensure care and maintenance of the installed equipment; such Committee is formed by the Principal, teachers and parents.
  • A technical training was provided regarding the use of the installed equipment, its functioning and its capacities.

Solar energy for elementary school “Cerro de los Niños”

This school is located in the Sierra Madre. The community belongs to the huichol people (wixarika), which has maintained its indigenous identity, ancestral knowledge, worldview, lands and traditions and where the sun is considered a deity. FACILITIES: June 21, 2017

Solar energy for “El Nogal” kindergarten and high school

This school is a multigrade school; it´s a high school (Secretariat of Public Education (Secretaría de Educación Pública), SEP, as per its acronym in Spanish) in the mornings and preschool (National Council for Educational Development, (Consejo Nacional de Fomento Educativo), CONAFE, as per its acronym in Spanish) in the afternoons. It is located amidst agave and milpa fields, thus in the community they are mainly day laborer and jimadores. It is their first approach to solar energy. FACILITIES: September 26, 2017

Solar energy for elementary school “Fernando Montes de Oca”

This school is located on the outskirts of the town of Santa Ana, where the Sanctuary of Saint Toribio Romo is located, generating a constant influx of pilgrims and trade, which are the main economic activities. The school was connected to the power installation from a school parent, since they do not have the resources to fund the network extension. FACILITIES: September 27, 2017