Each project has been, or will be an adventure. Building modern electric power systems in remote areas requires experience, attention to detail, and the ability to change your course on the fly.
PFS has many more projects on the drawing board.
Projects in remote areas require experience, attention to detail, and the ability to change your course on the fly. For two previous projects, Power From the SON personnel had not visited the sites. Imagine designing and acquiring the material for a large job, one where over 200 different items are used to complete the system. If you make a mistake, there are no local stores in country where parts can be purchased.
For our current, ongoing projects, we visited the sites before work began and, in some cases, usedsatellite mapping tools to help us locate over 50 structuresto be supplied with electricity. Current projects also include the most efficient generation methods available; some options are solar, biodiesel, wind, and diesel.
To date, our activity has been in two countries of West Africa that are rebuilding from many years of civil war: Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Both projects were completely different and the completion of each added to the skill sets of PFS volunteers.
We currently have five projects in various stages of design and planning located in Liberia. Power From the SON hopes to return to Liberia as early as the first quarter of 2014 to finish some of the projects and lay the groundwork for completing the rest in 2015.