Viridian Energy takes solar energy to Ghana schools

Green energy firm Viridian Energy will install solar panels at two schools, a health post and a library in Ghana.

The project is part of the US-based firm’s 7 continents in 7 years corporate social responsibility programme.

In partnership with World Joy and Empower Playgrounds, Viridian Energy has sent a team of 34 Viridian Associates and corporate staff to Ghana,  where they will work with local organisations to install solar panels on two schools, a health post and a library in areas without access to central energy.

The solar panels enable schools to implement lantern checkout systems, giving students an opportunity to study by lamplight after the sun has gone down in the comfort of their own home, a privilege not currently available to children in this area.

Health posts utilising solar panel energy will be able to house refrigerators to store pharmaceuticals only currently accessible in urban pharmacies long distances away.

The solar panels will also enable cell-phone charging stations in local libraries. Many people in the region rely heavily on mobile communication, but must travel up to four hours to charge their phones.

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