PVREA Safety Director Ben Ludington is joining 14 other volunteers from Colorado and Oklahoma to electrify remote communities in northwestern Guatemala through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s philanthropic NRECA International Foundation.
Ben will be helping bring power to remote villages. A local utility, Empresa Municipal Rural de Electricidad (EMRE), based in Playa Grande, Ixcan, will maintain the power lines once they are built. The project will consist of 130 poles and two transformers on 4.34 miles of primary line and 3.86 miles of secondary line. Most of the terrain will be flat, but about one mile of line will be built through dense rain forest growth. Each home will receive at least two lightbulbs and two electrical outlets.
Ben is taking off on September 16 with the "Energy Trails Team" to spend over two weeks in Guatemala. Watch for follow-up stories where Ben will be sharing his experiences.
Want to be a part of the cause? Give $35 to buy a water filter that lasts for two years to an underprivileged family in rural Guatemala. The purchase of these water filters will also aid the local economy as they are manufactured in Guatemala. Our goal is to buy 120 water filters to deliver to each household that receives electricity. Donate today.