Sunlit Future – Sustainable Solar Technology

Since we first got here, Gerard has been volunteering 3+ days per week at Sunlit Future, an Auroville-based company installing and repairing solar panels.  He has been dealing with the two common types of electrical power: AC is the current typically running things in our homes.  DC is the type that can be stored in batteries; it is what is generated by solar panels. In places like India, solar panels make sense because there is such plentiful daily  sun and frequent power outages.  Solar, at least for the time being is a “rich man’s” technology, though, because the initial investment is costly and the panels don’t last that long (15-18 years).

During the first weeks Gerard was going out to homes and businesses as part of a technician team.  He spent a lot of time on roofs, sometimes pulling materials up with a rope, measuring and positioning the panels, wiring them into the system.

Lately he has been contributing engineering expertise to help the team  quantify and analyze the effects of extreme weather conditions (cyclones are becoming more common with very heavy wind and rain).  He is working with them to design simple cost effective ways to prevent damage to the installations.

Sunlit has a core staff of paid people and a constant influx of interns and volunteers. Gerard has enjoyed working alongside local people, some from elsewhere in India and a few from Germany.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Stevens
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 06:08:08

    I bet Gerard is really enjoying putting his skills to good use. As long as you don’t need a bucket truck to get him off that roof, all should be good! We miss you both so much, and are wishing you a Happy New Year!


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