In November 2016, I traveled with Grid Alternatives to install solar home systems in the rural community of El Pedregal, Boaco, Nicaragua.
El Pedregal is a rural community about two hours driving east from the capital city of Managua. Residents live very far from the nearest town, where they buy basic supplies, charge cell phones, and catch the bus to other parts of the country. There are approximately 200 people living in El Pedregal with no access to conventional grid electricity. The community is located where three municipalities converge. This means the municipalities don’t always recognize the community as part of their own, so they are often left out of the allocation of resources for basic services like water and electricity.