The Headwaters of the Amazon January 20 2014
Just downstream of the Andes in Peru and Bolivia is one of the most remote, biodiverse, and generally amazing ecosystems in the world. It's a truly breathtaking place to visit, and one that I hope future generations will be able to enjoy. As usual in this day and age, it's under threat from reckless development.
The Amazon Conservation Association is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving and studying this place. Rather than taking a hard-line, 'no development' approach, they work with local communities, businesses, governments etc. to ensure that this ecosystem is developed carefully and sustainably, rather than looted for its resources. And so far this pragmatic approach has had a lot of success.
So what does this have to do with Yeti Solar? Well, the Amazon Conservation Association field stations face the classic off-grid conundrum: keep the generators on and burn diesel inefficiently to power a few lights, or spend your evening in the dark? Yeti Solar is working with them to provide solar lighting for several of their field stations. Not only will this save money and reduce environmental impact, it will mean they have to re-fuel less often. When you are located as far off the beaten track as they are, that is a significant boon. And, being the classy folks that they are, they sent us a very nice thank-you card:
It's going to take a while to get the system installed there (even getting them there is going to be a challenge...), but we hope to show off some pictures of our lights hard at work in the heart of the Amazon sometime in the next few months.