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February 2016 - The Solar Dream Comes True

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Dear Friends of the Camp,

Thanks to the vision of our solar team, the help of a local Costa Rican solar company, and the donations of you, our supporters, our solar dream is now a reality.  On Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. all 7 of us, three from our solar team and three helpers/observers and the camp director peaked out the back of our power house and looked at our buildings to the beautiful site of seeing the camp lighted up at mid-day.  We were thrilled to know that everything is working as it should and now, when anyone comes to the camp and flips a switch, it will do what it’s supposed to do, day or night, rain or shine, well maybe with the exception of extended cloudy weather.

After running the camp inefficiently and unsafely, to be quite honest, we now have an official solar station, an official power distribution center (power house), safe, underground wiring leading to every major building except one and a new propone gas/natural gas generator for powering our well pump and as a back-up system to our solar panels.

Obviously, we’re still more limited than a business that benefits from commercial power, but we count the following blessings that this new system gives us:

  1. 2,440 Watts of Safe/quiet energy that is always available, even at night through the use of batteries that house the energy produced during the day.
  2. Lights that will work when we need them, even in the day when you open a storage shed, for example.
  3. Cell phones and any battery operated equipment including our Polaris Ranger EV that can be charged at any time of the day or night, of course, with limits.
  4. We have a great teaching tool for children of all ages.

What was beautiful to see in this project was the perseverance of our team – we established a vision, then goals, and we put a lot of our own time and energy into the project.  As we developed it, the financing came into place and we added an important team member in the form of a local solar company called Sibo Energy who sold us eight 305 watt solar panels at cost, built the mounting station at cost and provided free consultation from their engineer Daniel.

We still have a lot of work in general to do on our electrical system, but this is a big step in the right direction.

Thank you for believing in this vision and helping us to make it possible.

Paul

Click here to view more details about the Solar Energy Project.

Solar Box
Rick finishing the Solar Box

Solar BoxBig learning curve for Don and Paul

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  • Guest
    Rachel Hooker Sunday, 20 March 2016

    Exciting news

    What exciting news! It is fun to see that the vision made so long ago has now become a reality! Can't wait to get back to camp to see it in action with my own eyes. To God be the Glory!!

  • Guest
    Paul Bernhagen Tuesday, 22 March 2016

    RE:Exciting news

    Thank you, Rachel, for your encouraging words. We really want this project to motivate others to do the same. It will be fun to take campers and adults up the hill to see the panels and let them see first hand how it works. We are very blessed with people who offer their time, talents, and treasures for the kingdom of God. Great to hear from you.

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