Kilowatts for Humanity in Zambia
It is hard to
fully appreciate the extent to which electricity simplifies our lives until the
power goes out and we are unable to illuminate our homes, use our microwaves,
and charge our cellphones. However, about 1.2 billion people worldwide do not
have access to electricity. Members of Seattle University's Electrical and Computer Engineering department have founded the non-profit organization KiloWatts for Humanity to help bring power to rural villages around the world. The organization's most recent project has been to install microgrids that power energy kiosks using solar panels in Filibaba, Zambia. The kiosks will give community members the ability to charge their appliances and light sources and bring electricity into their homes through these electronics. Seattle University's Dr.Louie is currently in Zambia checking in on the progress of the project. To see Dr. Louie's interview on King 5 and learn more, click here.