SolarBerry


Our self-financing, community-owned, off-grid computer laboratory powered by solar energy and delivering educational resources with low energy Raspberry Pi computers.

We have constructed our first SolarBerry in Malawi with our partners Centre for Youth and Development (CYD). It was handed over to the local community in Choma on June 22nd, 2018. The SolarBerry is intended for use by the local schools who will be able to offer Computer Studies as a subject for the first time and also by the community who will be able to access the IT resources, but also use the excess energy generated to recharge small elecrical devices such as mobile phones and lamps.

 

Rural Malawi commu

Why?


590 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity.

In Malawi

  • 97% of those living in rural areas do not have electricity
  • 87% of schools do not have electricity
  • 95% of primary schools do not have computers

And yet there is a clear correlation between electrification and completion of primary schooling.

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Choma Community, Malawi

Where?


Choma Community Day Secondary School has been chosen as the site of the pilot SolarBerry in Malawi. It is in a rural area about 20km North of Mzuzu.

The SolarBerry will support learning for 250 students and about 1000 adult learners.

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The completed SolarBerry in Choma

How?


The Turing Trust design team for the SolarBerry comprised 4 retired professionals who are members of Currie Balerno Rotary Club.

The design details were reviewed and confirmed by Buro Happold Engineering. This included a SolarBerry PV, Thermal and Structural Feasibility Study and the production of the 3D model you can see below.

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