GivePower was designed in 2013 by Lyndon Rive and Hayes Barnard as a SolarCity non-profit device. Just before the merger of SolarCity and Tesla in 2016, it was established as an independent organization with the mission of bring solar energy to parts of the world without access to electricity.
By 2018, GivePower had completed 2,650 solar energy installations in cities in seventeen different countries for institutions such as elementary schools and medical clinics. They also developed solar installations in poor areas of the United States, including the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Once the installations are complete, GivePower transfers the maintenance and operation of the installations to the local communities.
One of these communities was Kiunga (Kenya), a coastal town near the border with Somalia. But as a solar photovoltaic system was being installed, Hayes Barnard and his team realized that people had an even greater need than electricity. After 5 years of drought, they had no clean water to drink or bathe in. The brackish water they used caused different diseases among their residents. So the GivePower team invented a solar-powered desalination plant that fits into standard shipping containers.
This solar water purification and desalination technology can be rapidly deployed in coastal regions around the world suffering from drinking water shortages. Thanks to the built-in battery storage, it can work around the clock for transform up to 70,000 liters of brackish or salt water into clean drinking water. Not only does the system help reduce water-borne illness, it has a transformative effect on the local economy, especially women, who are often forced to spend most of their hours fetching water from local communities. water points. UNICEF estimates that women in Africa spend 200 million hours a day carrying water.
According to Water world, GivePower recently won top honors at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Water Prize ceremony in Dubai for its solar farm technology.
We are honored and deeply grateful to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank the United Arab Emirates Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Moktoum for their recognition, support and dedication tireless in helping mankind overcome water scarcity.
Hayes Barnard, Founder and CEO of GivePower.
“Three in ten people around the world face life-threatening water shortages as the global water crisis continues to grow at an alarming rate. Innovators and world leaders must come together to tackle this serious problem together. The people of the United Arab Emirates, under the visionary leadership of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Moktoum, understand this and remain urgently committed to resolving this issue.“.
Learn more about Kiunga and its GivePower solar power plant in the video below.
More information: givepower.org