I’m interested in the infrastructure that compliments a rachel deployment and makes it a success.
It seems that at a bare minimum 5v usb charging needs to be available for devices to function.
It seems that theft of poorly secured solar panels is a problem.
I’ll use this thread to dump some research and thinking
This is a report from 2014
This is a report from 2017
It seems like there might be a case for building some partnerships with people electrifying schools? Is this happening?
Some actors in this sector include
Initial idea is buy a £1500 shipping container, add £400 solar panels and weld them to the roof.
Put some strong, padlockable lockers in it that provide 5v usb power for 5 hours when a small denomination coin is inserted.
Provide a secure vending machine that vends 5v power banks, usb lights and decent padlocks at a slight markup (to fund the project)
Drop it next to the school, run a 12v power run into the school using properly sized cables. School pays an affordable rental fee
Kids come to school, they charge up power banks and take them home with them at the end of the day. repeat.
Probably crowdfundable with a local partner who could actually deliver?