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REDUCE THE COST.
SERVE THE MISSION.

Solar For Them

 
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About Us

SOLAR FOR THEM designs and installs solar to power nonprofits in developing countries.

 

Electricity in the developing world is expensive.  A solar electric installation can reduce the budget of many nonprofits by over six percent, freeing thousands of dollars monthly to expand or improve services.

 

We help pay for and install projects which can pay back up to a third of their cost, every single year, for 25 to 30 years.  A single project could pay for itself ten times over.  That's just good economics, and it's good for the planet, too. 

 

Our Projects

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Hilario Galindo 
Hospital

Provides outpatient clinics and surgery, free of cost.  Visiting surgeons come as surgical teams with the support of Faith in Practice.

San Felipe Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Location:

Date:

Planned

Capacity:

40 kW

Upfront cost:

$56,300

Anual savings:

$13,000

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Casa Angelina

Serves forgotten, abused, and discarded children and widows.  Provides housing, education, food, and health care.

Zaragoza, Guatemala

Location

Date:

Planned

Capacity:

94 kW

Upfront cost:

$127,970

Anual savings:

$28,000

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Camp Canaan

Guatemalan children have the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Canaan enjoying outdoor activities, sports, and Bible studies.

Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Location:

Date:

Planned

Capacity:

9.1 kw

Upfront cost:

$16,250

Anual savings:

$4,100

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Loving Arms

Loving Arms is a local school that provides food and other services for the children and their families.

Parramos, Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Location:

Date:

Planned

Capacity:

2.4 kw

Upfront cost:

$6,890

Anual savings:

$1,200

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Casa Bernabe

Orphanage, Clinic and school

Outskirts of
Guatemala City

Location:

Date:

Planned

Capacity:

156 kw

Upfront cost:

$226,000

Anual savings:

$45,000

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Loving InDeed

Provides over 400 widows and children with food, housing assistance, literacy classes, work related skills training, free medical care, and spiritual support.

Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Location:

Date:

Planned

Capacity:

3 kw

Upfront cost:

$12,000

Anual savings:

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Our Founders

Our founder, Bill Strickland, went to work as a phytopathologist with the Peace Corps in Guatemala in 1975. While in language training he met Nivea and they were married in 1976. They moved back to the USA in 1982 with three little children. There followed a Master of Divinity degree at Grace Seminary in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration at Boston University in 1995. With the children now grown they returned to Guatemala in 2006.

 

Bill trained to do solar electric work at Solar Energy International in Paonia, CO and began working in solar electric in Guatemala during 2014. While most of the work was residential, it was easy to imagine that using solar energy to supply the energy needs of orphanages and hospitals would allow them to improve and expand their services. When presented with a quote for an installation sized to provide all of the energy needs, the size of the quote made the goal nearly impossible for most non-profits. Using the infrastructure of a solar electric company subject to all of the local taxes the price for such an installation is usually equivalent to more than the total of 5 years of electric bills.

During 2019 Bill decided to focus on ways to meet this need by reducing costs and seeking donations. This is the mission of Solar For Them, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in the United States. We can reduce the cost of the installations by as much as 20% because we no longer pay taxes on the income. In addition, we can lower the cost more because profit is not one of our goals. Solar For Them can often deliver the finished project for a price equal to less than 3 or 4 years of electric bills. With the help of tax deductible donations given in developed countries we can reduce the budgets of orphanages and other non-profits in developing countries by 5% or more. With this assistance each non-profit with a Solar For Them installation will be able to serve more children and clients. 

The non-profits get an improved budget, the people served by the non-profits get more and better services and the environment gets a reduction in pollution!

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