Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lights Out

(Solar Lighting and Movie Watching on Computer)

Power is at a premium these days in Zambia and generators are selling like hot cakes.  Apparently, there are two separate issues with our utility company.  One is that they are repairing/replacing various transformers for our area.  In the States, this would be rather seamless as they would probably have backups waiting in the wings, but here in good-ole Zambia, it just gets switched off.  Then on top of that, one of the turbines at the river plant is leaking so badly that they had to take it offline.

What does that mean for the Roberts you might ask?  14 hours without power in one day with many more like it scheduled in the near future.  As you can see from the picture, the solar lights we purchased and installed when we got here are now our new best friends.  Tomorrow, we'll work on getting the generators (which just arrived on the shipping container) hooked up to our main power supply so we can power a few other small appliances.

Anyways, fun stuff here in Chikankata!

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