The National Electrical Contractors Association’s student chapter at Penn State University is at it again.
A group of students with the thriving student chapter recently made another successful trip to Honduras – in Punta Gorda, Roatan, to be specific – to help install solar-powered water pumps as part of a service project over their spring break.
It is the seventh year the chapter has sent a team of students to the Central American country to assist local residents gain access to clean water. The NECA chapters at Penn-Del-Jersey and Western Pennsylvania helped support the students with funds for equipment, room and board, and travel.
This year’s project is the largest to date, according to organizers, helping 350 families in the local community. With the installation of a photovoltaic array, consisting of nearly 40 solar panels, there will be a continuous pumping of water to the town’s water supply.
Before the chapter’s visit, the community received approximately 50kWh of electricity per day from the local power company, and service was often interrupted. This year’s installation nearly doubled the generation, which is sufficient to power a water pump. As a result, the community has access to water every day rather than only three days per week.
Allison Midgett, a Penn State student coordinator of the chapter’s service project, said in an interview with the Delaware County Daily Times the students want the community to be able to conduct maintenance and operate it when they are gone.
“It’s something [that is] going to be affordable for the area and provide water access for a long period of time for low maintenance,” she said. “[We’re] going to educate the people in the area on how the water system works.
Go to http://www.delcotimes.com/article/DC/20170122/NEWS/170129929 to read the full Delaware County Daily Times article.
Visit the Penn State student chapter’s blog at http://sites.psu.edu/renewcrew2017/ to learn more about the trip.