In a New Light

Solar panels create new beginnings in Nicaragua

Enrique de Jesus Gonzalez Gonzalez stands in the doorway of his home, which was recently equipped with solar panels, providing electricity to him and his family.
In addition to kerosene and diesel lamps, families burn the bark of a pine tree, which contains sap, to illuminate the home. The difference in lighting is evident from the photo on the far left (home lit by bark) to the far right (home lit with lights of a solar panel).
A solar panel system from EOS includes a solar panel installed on the roof, a charge controller to manage the energy coming from the panel and to control the battery levels, a battery allowing approximately 4–5 hours of light and charging capacity, individually installed and wired lights and light switches in each room, and an inverter to convert the DC power to AC to charge cell phones, or in some cases, power a radio or even a TV.
José Noé Molina in front of his family’s home not far from the Gonzalez residence.

“I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with EOS on this project.” José said. “As an engineering student, they have trusted me and allowed me to work by their side. I feel fortunate to have had this opportunity and feel very grateful for their support.”

José represents the future for communities like Cahuita Blanca throughout Nicaragua. His zealousness and passion paired with EOS’ bold vision shines light on all that is to come to the people of Nicaragua. With every newly installed solar panel, a family embarks on a new beginning. With every outlet used to charge a phone or power a radio, a household becomes more connected and informed about the world around them. And with every light turned on, a new future is illuminated.

Create a better future with EOS International

Our 2,325 installations of simple, inexpensive, and locally serviceable technologies have helped over 534,167 Central Americans access safe drinking water and opportunities to generate income. Please help us invest in the future of millions of Nicaraguans by supporting EOS International.

Photos & Story by Slade Kemmet (www.sladekemmet.com)

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EOS empowers rural families in Central America with access to safe drinking water and opportunities to generate income (eosintl.org)

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EOS empowers rural families in Central America with access to safe drinking water and opportunities to generate income (eosintl.org)