We’re here as part of the PG&E
Solar Suitcase Program. It’s a program that trains high school
teachers to then teach high school classrooms how to build
portable, photovoltaic suitcases that are then brought to energy
scarce regions of the world like Kenya. I really felt like they
just were in love with the ability to power their places.
They can keep their shops open for longer, study later. It just
really makes life easier for them and they are so
appreciative of it. When we visited the communities where the Solar Suitcases were previously installed it was
really amazing to see how much they were doing with it. They
were able to make 6,000 shillings and buy three goats
with that and it was really, really cool how, with just one
solar suitcase, they were able to change their entire lives.
They become, like, a beacon to the community. They have people
coming in to do their haircuts, people coming in to just
socialize. It was really overwhelming and heartwarming to
see that how important a simple solar suitcase and a simple
solar panel can go so far in these communities.