Kate Greenwood, the ATA’s international projects co-ordinator, last week traveled with solar trainers and installers from CNEFP to the mountainous village of Rileu in the Remexio sub-district.
CNEFP trained two village technicians and together they installed the ATA’s Village Lighting Systems in 50 houses. The project was funded by the Kangaroo Valley Remexio Partnership (KVRP).
Natiles, a Timorese NGO, had been to Rileu in preceding weeks, met with the community and trained the village committee which is to oversee the running and maintenance of the solar systems.
“We spent time observing the training and installation in action and interacting with villagers. It was wonderful to see the response from locals,” Kate said.
“We interviewed many householders to see how they felt about the project and we will be compiling a short video soon.”
The work at Rileu is part of a program of solar-powered lighting installation in hundreds of homes in remote villages in East Timor as a result of funding awarded to the ATA from the 2014 Google Impact Challenge.
Thousands of homes in East Timor have no electricity and are forced to rely on polluting and unhealthy kerosene lamps for lighting and diesel-fuel generators for power. Clean solar lighting improves quality of life.