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How did Solar Under the Sun (SUS) get started?

Established in 2009, Solar Under the Sun emerged from the awareness within our sister organization, Living Waters for the World, of the profound consequences of energy poverty on essential aspects of life—clean water, education, and economic equity. With its close ties to the Presbyterian Church (USA), it was originally organized under the auspices of the Synod of the Sun (PCUSA’s regional governing body encompassing Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.)

Do you have to be Presbyterian to be part of Solar Under the Sun?

Not at all! Presbyterians are excited to welcome opportunities to share this work with other Christians and faith communities to help bring solar power to areas in need. Among our Solar School graduates are Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, and people still searching for a faith community. Part of our joy is working together across congregational and denominational lines!

How big is a SUS solar power system, and what can it power?

SUS solar power systems are designed to be small, usually one to six photovoltaic panels. This size is manageable for a congregational team and is small enough to be maintained and sustained into the future by the in-country partner. All our installations are with an in-country partner, such as a church, school, clinic, or other community institution. The systems are custom-designed to power the electrical needs of the community—water pumps and treatment systems, lighting, cell phone recharging stations, and other urgent power needs.

Can I get a SUS solar power system for my home?

No, currently, our ministry is designed for communities in need in the developing world, usually those without access to a reliable power grid system. But, at solar school, you will learn a lot about solar energy and solar power systems, which will give you a base to explore the next level!

I have a connection with a community in need in another country. How can I get a Solar Under the Sun system to them?

All our systems are installed by volunteer teams who have been trained at Solar School. We encourage you to send at least one person to Solar 1 and one person to Solar 2. Then, you will have the skills to begin a conversation with your international partner about how an SUS system might meet their needs.

I can't go to Solar School, but I'd still like to support this ministry. How can I help?

There are many ways you can help. You can donate, buy merchandise, or share our promotional materials. You can tell someone about us. You can also pray for us and the people we are trying to serve.

Why is Solar power so important in the developing world?

Almost 2 billion people on this earth have no grid power and probably never will. It costs more to deliver electric power than it does to build the power generating plant. Most of these people could not afford to tap into this grid system even if it were available. For more information, click on energy poverty above.


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