Instead of sending Christmas cards by post this year, we have donated to a wonderful charity Power for the People (PfP).
Focusing on helping communities help themselves, PfP took part in Big Give Christmas Challenge to help Paorinher, a community-based organisation based in Northern Uganda. The aim is to build a farm and service centre which will help to give local people sustained food security. When we made our donation, it was doubled in the Christmas challenge.
Paorinher stands for Patongo Orphan Infant Health Rehabilitation and its work is focused upon the welfare of HIV + children and their affected families.
In our photo is Paorinher’s founder Raymond Oko with two of the children Paorinher has been helping since June.
Guido is a double orphan with HIV. He is severely malnourisheid and stunted so although he is 15 years old he looks like a boy of eight. When he arrived at Paorinher he was feverish with swollen glands and had suppurating sores. But a few months down the line, this bright, ambitious teenager has caught up quickly on his schoolwork and he is aiming to be a solar engineer.
Colletta is 12 years old and as HIV. She was caring for her four siblings when the charity found her, foraging in the bush. She is also extremely bright and is studying hard so that she can become a matron.
One of the main aims for the income from the farm is to fund more orphans at to they can sponsor an orphan’s board, schooling and medication at Paorinher for £150. For more information about Paorinher visit http://www.paorin.org and for more information about PFP click https://www.pfp.global
If you too would like to make a donation you can do so via this link. £150 will sponsor an orphan’s board, schooling and medication at Paorinher and give them the start I life they deserve.
Solar Technology International is delighted to announce the company’s membership of the NCC, the trade association for the UK’s leisure vehicle and park home industries.
Representing manufacturers, dealers, parks and suppliers, the NCC is the voice of a sector that contributes £6 billion per annum to the country’s economy through new/used retail sales, plus holiday and related spend. The industry employs more than 100,000 people and serves over 1.7 million caravanners and motorhomers and organises two national shows at the NEC Birmingham; The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show in February and The Motorhome and Caravan Show in October.
With an increasing number of caravan and motorhome owners enjoying the benefits of solar power and the company’s PV Logic brand of rigid and semi flexible panels, the company is keen to develop ever closer ties with the sector.
Adrian Williams, Managing Director of Solar Technology International said: “The NCC works tirelessly for the interests of its members as the industry grows strength to strength. We are delighted our application for membership has been approved and we look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the association for many years to come.”
Solar Technology will be exhibiting at the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC from 16th to 21st October on stand number 20.95.
A new multi power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller designed to give caravan, motorhome and boat owners up to 20% more energy per day from their existing solar panels has been launched by Solar Technology International.
The PV Logic MPPT Pro is a compact, 15 amp solar charge controller with unique single or dual battery charging capabilities. The device can increase the charging capability of any 12V or 24V solar panel (up to 220W) by as much as 20% per day through its ability to map the voltage from the solar panel to suit the condition of the battery.
With built in Bluetooth technology, the MPPT comes with free Apple and Android apps to provide access to charging data via a mobile phone. The simple-to-read dashboard clearly displays the live solar panel charging status and the charging current/voltage in the connected batteries.
The app also features three pre-set programmes for sealed, gel and flooded batteries plus a fully customisable profile for other battery types.
Created specifically for the MPPT Pro, an additional Activity Monitor can be attached to the controller through a 5m link cable to display PV performance. This gives users all the information they require at a glance without needing to access the data via the app.
“The MPPT Pro is a great addition to our PV Logic range,” explains Adrian Williams, Managing Director of Solar Technology International. “We are seeing more and more caravan, motorhome and boat owners take advantage of the benefits solar energy to power equipment. The addition of the MPPT Pro means they can gain extra power with just one simple to use, compact device.”
Adrian added: “By including Bluetooth connectivity and a free app on both Apple and Android platforms, users can keep track of the charging status of their solar panels and batteries via their phones.”
All Solar Technology’s PV Logic range is supplied with the back up of a freephone helpline on 0800 7747755 to connect with the company’s expert technical team.
When legendary round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston fired a canon to signal the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race (GGR) on 1st July, Nabil Amra set sail relying on power generated by Solar Technology International.
Nabil’s yacht is equipped with eight 20w PV Logic solar panels supplied by Solar Technology and joint sponsors and distributors SMG Europe.
The panels were installed by the Falmouth Boat Company, who have spent the last few months preparing the yacht for the epic journey to generate power for the limited on-board systems Nabil is able to use.
One of 18 sailors to make it to the start line of the Golden Globe Race from Sables d’Olonne, Nabil will be helping to recreate the golden age of sailing. He and his fellow skippers will be navigating their way around the globe, just as Knox-Johnston and rival Moitessier did in 1968, using sextants, paper charts wind-up chronometers and a weather eye on their barometers.
Nabil is an American born Palestinian who works as a foreign exchange trader in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He bought Elle May, a ketch rigged version of the Biscay 36 class yacht built by the Falmouth Boat Company. He returned her to the builder to have her prepared for the GGR and renamed her Liberty II.
Biggest challenges of my life
Nabil said: “The race is one of the biggest challenges of my life and that’s what makes it so exciting. A key condition is that we can’t use modern technology or satellite navigation aids. Having solar panels on board will mean I can use the natural world to power the instruments I am able to use.
“When we got the panels on we noticed that they were generating great power with the boat still inside the board yard shed!
“I am really grateful to Solar Technology International for their supporting in helping me to get Liberty II to the start line.
“The Golden Globe Race came along at just the right time to turn an incessant daydream into reality. My eagerness is to sail under the Palestinian flag and to represent these forlorn people who have had little to be cheery about for a long time.”
Solar power is an increasingly popular choice for boat owners
Jeremy Usher, Marine Sales Manager for Solar Technology International said: “We are delighted to join with our distributors SMG Europe and support Nabil on this most epic of voyages.
“Solar power is becoming an increasingly popular choice for sailors who want to generate clean, efficient energy on board their boats and Nabil will be able to put the panels to the ultimate test. Being salt spray test for 1000 hours, the super robust panels benefit from the latest crystalline silicon technology and will have no trouble coping with whatever conditions the sailors have to face.
“We wish Nabil all the best and we’ll be watching his progress with great interest!”
As a mark of Solar Technology International’s growing business success in the boating and yachting sector, the company has joined British Marine.
In becoming a member of the industry federation, Solar Technology will be part of a network of more than 1600 companies from the leisure marine, superyacht and small commercial marine sectors..
Every year British Marine organises the world-famous Southampton Boat Show. In addition, the organisation’s expertise spans in-depth technical services, representation with government and non-governmental bodies, UK and global marine trade development, legal services and general business advice.
“The marine industry is a dynamic, forward thinking sector that never stands still,” said Jeremy Usher, UK Marine Sales Manager for Solar Technology International. “British Marine plays a very active and progressive role and offers a lot of benefits for members so I am keen that we can benefit from that as renewable energy becomes a more important focus in the sector.
“Plus British Marine organises the biggest show in the industry with Southampton and our membership will open up opportunities overseas as well."