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Kara Solar has designed and built the Amazon’s first solar powered river transportation system for the Achuar territory in Ecuador.

Kara Solar has designed and built the Amazon’s first solar powered river transportation system for the Achuar territory in Ecuador.

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Thank you for your question. Over the next year, a second solar powered boat and a recharge station will be added to the first boat. The year 1 pilot phase of the project will result in a system that comprises two solar-powered boats and one solar recharge station serving nine Achuar communities, and a functioning and replicable community enterprise system created with local Achuar communities.
Alongside solar infrastructure, and community enterprise, Kara Solar’s third area: “knowledge management, communications, and network building” will establish the conditions to scale up to new regions. Strategies include the systemization of technical design and community enterprise systems and processes, the generation of key information through academic studies, the development and implementation of a multi-platform communications plan, social and political integration of the system at the regional level, the construction of strategic alliances, and funding and financial model development.
Based on these efforts, in year two, the most likely first expansion will be from Ecuador (current project location), into Peru, down the Pastaza river, improving mobility and connectivity between the Achuar people from the two nations, whose territory was divided in half after the last war between Peru and Ecuador. This expansion will improve access to clean and more reliable transportation, health, education and economic opportunities for an additional ~1000 Achuar people. With this first expansion, the project will have an operational area of over 300,000 hectares, reducing the pressure to build new roads, that to date have been the only option for providing access to these isolated communities. Based on current deforestation rates of 0.8% p/year, and tropical forests storing ~125 tonnes CO2 p/hectare, the project will reduce carbon emissions by ~3 million tCO2 p/year, and have important environmental benefits for conserving habitat for forest fauna and flora, although we do not have quantifiable figures at present.