Installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system in a village can take a few days, but laying the socio-economic foundation necessary to sustain the use of the technology can take many months and even years.
For this reason, a project does not start and does not end with the installation of a solar PV system. Training community members how to work with technology is one of the most critical aspects of a project. The project process that LUTW follows has been refined over the years of learning lessons from successful and unsuccessful projects.
LUTW’s projects are about supporting communities in taking a leadership role in their development and helping them respond to the needs that they have identified.
When people value something and feel a sense ownership, they are more likely to treat it with care. For this reason, LUTW does not donate systems to families. Communities contribute financially and by supplying local materials for the installations. They also provide assistance to technical teams by getting their hands dirty while installing solar systems, hosting project staff and participating in community meetings related to projects.