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We are collaborating with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and SolarCity’s GivePower Foundation (GP) to bring solar power to Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Virunga, located on the border of Uganda and Rwanda, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Africa's oldest national park, and the continent's most biologically diverse protected area. The park's 7,800 square kilometers (3,000 square miles) include forests, savannas, lava plains, swamps, erosion valleys, active volcanoes, and the glaciated peaks of the Rwenzori mountains.
Virunga is home to about a quarter of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas and two other Great Ape species, as well as the Okapi, an endangered species that resembles a zebra but is more closely related to the giraffe.
Park operations currently run on unreliable power sources, including diesel generation. Our team will provide reliable clean energy for the park to sustain their mission in protecting Virunga National Park and support the conservation workers that put their lives on the line to protect the park and animals within. The project presents a unique opportunity to bring solar power/clean tech to an environmentally sensitive area and an incredible opportunity to align with a larger story (including an Oscar-nominated film) that has the potential to reach millions of citizens around the world. The installed systems will help the rangers — the protectors of Virunga — carry out their work, all the while saving diesel costs and emissions long-term.