Caitlyn Peake, a PSU environmental science graduate and current AsoFenix intern highlights the inauguration of the new micro-hydroelectric project in El Roblar Nicaragua.
After five years of discussion, planning and work El Roblar has electricity. To inaugurate their micro-hydroelectric project the community organized a celebration featuring traditional dancing, poetry, music, food and guest speakers.
In attendance were some of the people and organizations that played an integral part in the success of the project including: the local mayor for the region, Jamie Muñoz and the AsoFénix staff, Cáritas, the National Agrarian University and Suni Solar.
El Roblar is located in the mountainous region around San José de los Remates, Boaco, Nicaragua. The community is a steep hour and a half walk from the nearest town and had no hope of ever receiving energy from the national grid because it is not accessible by road. However, the community has reliable and abundant sources of water, which has enabled them to utilize a micro-hydro turbine to provide them with energy. The systems which has a 17 kilowatts potential supplies energy for 32 houses, the local chapel and the school.
Due to the electrification of the community, families now have access to clean, bright light to study, work and cook by. In addition, having electricity allows families more access to information and communication through cell phones, radios and television.