October Update


There is much to celebrate this Fall as we continue to work hard to increase access to solar energy in remote communities. This past quarter, rural villages in Peru, Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea have gained access to electric light for the first time in their homes, education centres and health clinics. For those of you interested in getting out to the field and experiencing our projects firsthand, we are happy to announce two new volunteer opportunities in May 2014 in both Peru and Costa Rica. Read below to learn more! 


We were pleased to participate in the  Solar West Conference in October and were inspired to meet the many companies, not-for-profits, researchers and educational institutions who are working to build a strong and diverse industry. We will also be at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival this year, don't miss the film Blackout playing on November 16th at 5:30 pm. LUTW's Board Chair, Michael Fark, will be leading the panel discussion after the film - see details under our events section.


With the holiday season just around the corner, the LUTW Club at the University of Calgary will be selling Zoolights tickets as a fundraising initiative this November so be sure to stop by and visit, check out our Facebook page for the dates and times. Also, stay posted for our Light Up a Home for the Holidays campaign and give a meaningful gift this year that gives twice. If you know someone who is interested in sustainability, solar energy and programs that help people move out of poverty, this is the perfect gift for them.

Thank you for your support! 


The LUTW Team 

Phase 4 of our partnership with evergy4everyone
In September we completed the 4th and final phase of a solar project in the municipality of Pomacocha in Peru. During the inauguration, the deputy mayor said they were proud to be the municipality with highest rate of electrification in the Apurimac region. We would like to thank the local technicians from Pomacocha, our partner Kuyacc Ayni, our funding partner energy4everyone (e4e) and the number of volunteers that helped out with installations for making this possible.


World Energy Project with Texas Tech University 

Once again this August, Texas Tech Energy Commerce students participated in the World Energy Project in Peru. The students learned about the importance of energy and development and worked alongside recently trained local technicians to install 30 solar home systems for residents in the district of Santa Barbara, located in the province of Huancavelica. Thanks again to everyone who made this project possible!


Huacavelica: Peru

In July, we completed our 5th solar project with our local partner, San Javier, in the district of Yauricocha. The project included the installation of 25 Watt solar home systems in 30 homes. The systems are used for lighting, charging cell phones and powering radios. It is estimated that systems will save families approximately $100 each per year, enabling these subsistence herders to spend money on other necessities.

New opportunities in May 2014
LUTW is looking for volunteers for two projects next spring, click on the dates for more details! 


Peru: May 18-28, 2014  

Be a solar volunteer and work alongside LUTW staff and local technicians installing solar home systems in a remote community in Huancavelica. Training is included so no previous experience is necessary. This visit will be facilitated by LUTW staff and local partner, San Javier - an organization that has been implementing programs in communities in the Huancavelica region for over 20 years.



Costa Rica: May 2014

Although Costa Rica is rich in biological and cultural diversity, many Costa Ricans living in remote areas such as Talamanca lack basic services such as electricity. Volunteers will help conduct beneficiary interviews and a project evaluation in Costa Rica alongside LUTW staff and our local partner, ACEM. This is a great opportunity to learn about the challenges of implementing sustainable energy projects within the wider context of development in Costa Rica and contribute to developing solutions to these unique challenges. 



LUTW is often approached by generous individuals who would like to help us achieve our mission but they're not sure how to begin, so we've come up with three easy ways we could use your help:
Help keep the lights on - we rely on monthly supporters to fund ongoing training and support for local technicians.
Save yourself some money, support sustainable power, and by using our referral code, the monthly electrical fee will be donated to LUTW.
3. Spread the word
Please Tell your friends about us and share our posts with your social networks!
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Don't hesitate to contact us for more information, we are happy to help!
The LUTW Team


SPARK is an electricity provider in Alberta. If you switch to SPARK, the monthly electrical administration fee will be donated to LUTW! Be sure to enter the LUTW referral code (LUTWRS) when registering.    
Click here to learn more  


The LUTW U of C Club will be selling Zoolights tickets on campus this season. Pre-orders and group tickets can also be ordered by email: 

In September the LUTW Club at the University of Calgary organized a bake sale to fundraise for LUTW! Nice work!



Marda Loop Justice Film Festival 2013 

Nov 13 - 17 (Calgary)


On November 16, after the film Blackout, LUTW's Board Chair, Mark Fark, will host the post-film discussion.


LUTW will also have a booth at the NGO Village.


Click here to learn more 



Electric Vehicles 101

Oct 26, Nov 2 (St. Albert)


Learn about the benefits of electric vehicles, what technologies are available, and how you can convert your our own vehicle.


Click here to learn more



Alberta Solar PV Performance - The Real Scoop

Nov 13 (St. Albert) 


Answers to all the questions you've been wondering about regarding Solar PV systems in Alberta.


Click here to learn more 


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