SolarWorld Americas Inc. is providing 1.2MW of solar panels to power the solar-powered, safe-water treatment project. The project's systems will serve more than 250,000 Congolese and Burundian people living in three refugee settlements in Western Tanzania.
"In the hundreds of projects that I have worked on, we have never had a service call for a defective SolarWorld panel," says Will Furlong, Water Mission's regional director of Tanzania. "The company provides a level of confidence that's hard to quantify because we wouldn't be able to effectively maintain other unreliable power sources."
"I believe that the longevity of each panel will surpass the company's 20-year product warranty," Furlong says. "Once the panels are installed, they run continuously at essentially zero cost. Based on the excellent quality and reliability of SolarWorld panels, we can't afford not to use them on our projects because people need safe water to survive. Lives depend on them."