In the second year of its “7 Continents in 7 Years” sustainability initiative, Viridian Energy went to Ghana where it provided solar installations for residents in the Atiwa District, specifically in the villages of Asonafo, Abrenya and Wekpeti. Partnering with World Joy and Empower Playgrounds, Viridian sent 34 independent sales associates and corporate team members to install the solar panels on schools, health clinics and community libraries.
The villages of Abrenya and Wepeti saw the installation of solar panels, which helped the schools begin a lantern checkout system. The program allows students to borrow a lantern so that they can study by lamplight in their homes, a first for many of the participating children. Additionally, school playgrounds are now sporting merry-go-rounds, which in addition to providing entertainment for the children, also generate electricity for the schools.
“Year two of our ‘7 Continents in 7 Years’ initiative was eye-opening,” said Michael Fallquist, founder and CEO of Viridian. “After installing the solar panels and speaking with the people in the villages in which we worked, we came to the that the panels not only provided sustainable energy to a remote community, but access to reliable, sustainable power transformed the residents’ lives and reshaped their futures. To be in such a position to help these communities renewed our dedication to our core mission: promoting and furthering global sustainability. We are excited to begin planning year three of our seven year initiative.”
In the village of Asonafo, solar panels were put on the community library and a new health centre. Before the installations, power for the buildings came from an unreliable power grid, which not only meant spotty electricity, but lack of refrigeration and, therefore, the inability to store important pharmaceuticals.
Viridian advised that it had helped educate the residents of the villages on how to maintain the new equipment and that World Joy plans to periodically visit the sites to help maintain the solar panels. The company did not state the individual, nor total, solar capacity installed in the three villages.