The SolarWorld sun-TV station project, a legacy of South Africa’s 2010 soccer world cup celebrated the opening of the world cup in Brazil with a community event at Gansbaai in June for youth in South Africa to watch one of the opening world cup 2014 soccer matches.

The solar powered television station was developed by SolarWorld for rural and urban areas. It was installed in more than 35 rural communities across southern Africa in 2010 and has sustained itself under maintenance by SolarWorld Africa over the last four years.

Says Gregor Küpper, managing director of SolarWorld Africa, “We developed the Sun-TV system in 2010 to provide access for the communities with little or no access to electricity to be able to watch the games and their soccer heroes. Further, our aim was to provide a long-term sustainable solution to education and information. We installed a system which could be used to watch educational programmes within a safe space to learn, assisted by the use of new media, powered by the sun. Now, four years on, the sun-TV stations are proving their worth, by enabling these communities to be part of the soccer world cup again.”

In Gansbaai, SolarWorld funded and installed the Sun-TV at Gansbaai communal sports centre’s Dibanisa project, supported by the Grootbos Foundation. This has enabled the young soccer-lovers of Gansbaai to watch their soccer heroes and make dreams come true of enjoying the world cup matches in 2010 and 2014. The station comprises of a 42 inch television set with DVD player and satellite receiver. The power for the station is supplied by two 260 Ah batteries and an inverter which is built into the cabinet. These batteries are charged via 300 watts of SolarWorld solar modules and thus are all monitored by a charge controller, also built into the cabinet.

Says Léan Terblanche, managing director at the Grootbos Foundation, “We use the Sun-TV to offer educational lessons to children, youth and adults from three different communities in the area. This is a point where the children can gather and have access to education and television in a safe environment. Children receive coaching, HIV-, environmental-, and career education as well as personal development training. It is uplifting to see three different communities uniting. Even after four years we continue to benefit from this unique project.”

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